Once upon a time there was a kingdom. The person who ruled the kingdom was not the rightful ruler but a usurper. One day he learned that a baby would be born, one who would be the rightful heir to the throne. He knew that if the baby were allowed to live, it would be able to claim the throne and take it from him. So he decided to kill the baby. He tried but failed because the baby was safely taken to another kingdom.
Do you recognize this story? It's not a fairy tale. It is the Christmas story, told without the usual emphasis on angels and shepherds and magi, or bright lights and joyful songs. It is "the dark side of Christmas." The usurper is Satan. The rightful ruler is Christ. This is the version of the Christmas story found in Revelation 12. Not only in this story, but many others, we read of Satan's attempts to destroy Jesus, and His plans for our redemption.
Rejoice in the truth that Satan is a defeated power, but don't let down your guard. He will ultimately go down, but not without a fight.
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth and pained to be delivered." Revelation 12:1-2
Be blessed, and remember that you are the reason for the season, because you are loved that much!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!