Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the week of Christmas. Imagine with me for a minute a different story than the Luke 2 version of what happened when God became a man…
Christmas was the beginning of the greatest rescue mission of all time. There are two opposite forces that are at work in our world: God, the creator of everything, and Satan, the head of the evil forces. They are both fighting for us. God is fighting to offer us a chance at real life, and Satan and his soldiers are trying to destroy us, and convince us that we can live life apart from our creator. It’s a lie of the worst kind. This battle between God and Satan went on for 100’s and 100’s of years, until finally God decided it was time to make his move. God made himself into a baby and shows up on earth and the evil forces were outraged. The first Christmas was anything but peaceful). Listen to this:
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” (Matt 2:13)
The villan, Satan, knew that Jesus was going to try to offer us real life and teach us to believe and that’s the last thing the he wanted to happen. In fact, it says in the Bible that the primary goal of Satan is to kill, steal and destroy. So he and his troops warred for years, pulled out all the stops and did all they could to get rid of Jesus. Finally, in what seemed like the pinnacle of Jesus’ influence over the world, it appeared that the villan had the final blow. Jesus was convicted of a crime he did not commit and was killed. Satan and his troops celebrated. Finally, they were rid of Jesus, and they could go back to ruining the world. But, the whole thing backfired. Jesus conquered death, proving once and for all that he was in charge of life and death, and that he had made a way for us to have real life and believe.