Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. (Revelation 12.4)
And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…. (Luke 1.46)
Our Advent three texts remind us of two profound truths: The Revelation text retells the story of the birth of Jesus in highly symbolic images. This scene reminds us that beyond what we can see, there is an unseen spiritual battle going on. God and the dragon are in a battle for the rule of the cosmos. The Luke text reminds us that the dragon will not win. The child here is the game-changer. The child, seemingly vulnerable and helpless comes and ‘the world is about to turn.’
DID YOU KNOW:
Satan, literally means, the accuser. It is this accuser who goes about trying to deceive men and women about the true purposes and love of God.
Dragons were a common symbol of evil in John’s time.
The dragon’s seven heads and ten horns, which are symbols of power, show that evil needs to be taken seriously.
The image of the woman in labor suggests that birth and new life is emerging and that death will not get the last word.
Archangel Michael is the commander of God’s angels.
In Revelation, the woman stands for several things at once—the people of Israel from whom Jesus came, Mary who gave birth to Jesus, and ultimately the church who gives birth to people faithful to God.
Prayer: ‘Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. AMEN