There are realities surrounding the incarnation of Christ that transcend mere human history. When we come to the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation, we see the significance of Christ’s coming against the timeless backdrop of the cosmic warfare going on in the spiritual realm between the prince of darkness and the Light of the World. In the first six verses, we are introduced to the main characters in this “Sky-Drama,” and we are brought to realize our own place in this cosmic battle.
Jesus was born among a conquered people to a common family under coarse conditions, but every circumstance surrounding His birth was in accordance with the sovereign purpose of God. From the proclamation of the angels to the earnestness of the shepherds, we see the good news of salvation begin to unfold before the world and we learn again the wonder of the incarnation as we are brought to the manger to worship heaven’s King.
Have you ever experienced great suffering? Have you ever watched someone else suffer and felt helpless to do anything about it? This passage teaches us how a true sight of our great Savior strengthens us to endure sufferings and difficulties and glorify God. And it teaches us what we need to do in order to find comfort and strength in Him.