I hope all of you are having a great Christmas season. It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of another year. 2014 certainly seemed to fly on by. As we move into this Christmas season, I find myself reflecting quite a bit about the time Christ was born and what that was like. What it was like to have that bright star shining down. What is was like for the shepherds to be in the fields and see an army of angels make them selves present to praise God and celebrating Christs birth. I wrote on this last Christmas as to just how huge a moment that was to have so many angels appear. To have the 3 wise men travel so far just to see the new born king.
I have further began to think about what this time was like and just how pivotal of a moment it was. The birth of Christ was an invasion. Think about that. We live in a fallen creation. We live in a world controlled by Satan because of the fall of man. This has become his domain. Due to this, we live in a world full of pain and suffering and so many trials and tribulations.
Christs coming was Heavens invasion of this world. A covert invasion at that. Many of the Jewish faith were looking for a king to to rise up to save them. But God had another plan. He was going to sneak in behind enemy lines through the womb of a young teenage girl. He was not going to come in with the pomp of royalty, no. He was going to come in and be born humbly and without much fan fare. The fan fare came however in that the angels came to earth to praise God, and many including the wise men came to visit them in Bethlehem in the days and weeks following his birth.
You think this was not an invasion and a battle, then ponder what happened next. The “Massacre of the Innocents.” When figuring out this was to be a child born, Herod sent soldiers into Bethlehem to have every boy child under the age of two killed. Satan knew that the Messiah was born and used Herod to try to kill him. An angel appeared to Joseph to tell him to take Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt until Herod was dead and the angel sent word for them to return.
Just take a moment to stop and think of all of this. I know in Christmas time we always have the wonderful scenes of mangers, Christmas trees, wonderful plays in church with children singing, and many other awesome traditions. But this Christmas, take time to really reflect on what really happened that night the Word became Flesh. God incarnate. Emmanuel. Can you just imagine how mad this made Satan and his demons. They know the stage is now set to reach their end. They are going to lose. Christ’s birth was God’s great invasion to set all of us, Jew and Gentile free from the bondage of sin and fear of death. We now have a new Hope in Christ Jesus. We are now set free. The Armies of Heaven were victorious when Christ was born, which is why the angels came to shout and praise Glory Hallelujah. Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth and Goodwill to men. The battle had been won. This then set the state for the next great victory in the battle of good and evil when Jesus declared on the Cross that “It is Finished.”