Hell’s Response to Heaven’s Plan for Christmas  

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads… stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born (Revelation 12:3–4, KJV).

When Satan heard God declare in Genesis 3:15 that the woman’s seed would crush his head, he mobilized all hell down the ages to devour the promised child. He knew Christmas, the birth of the Man-Child that will save the world, meant peace on earth but woe to hell.

When Satan heard God declare in Genesis 3:15 that the woman's seed would crush his head, he mobilized all hell down the ages to devour the promised child. Click To Tweet

Revelations 12:3-4 paints a picture of Satan as a seven-headed dragon waiting for Christ to be born so he will destroy him immediately. So horrifying was the sight that John described it as a “great wonder” (Revelations 12:3).

This dragon-child battle unfolded throughout history and climaxed on the cross. It began with Pharaoh seeking to kill all Jewish boys as soon as hell sensed the Man-Child would come through Abraham’s children. When the dragon failed, he repeated his ferocious attack through Herod to execute all male children when he heard the Man-Child had been born in Bethlehem. Frustrated by his failed attempts to devour the child at birth, he marshaled all of hell to devise a plot to crucify Jesus—which succeeded.

Paradoxically, as soon as hell rejoiced over their victory, they quickly realized the strike on Jesus’s heel went through and crushed Satan’s head. The Man-Child resurrected from the grave and ascended to the place of the highest authority, snatching from hell all humanity as His captives! 

Glory to God in the highest for Christmas!

Meditate

Did Satan appear physically on earth as a dragon to devour Jesus?

Apply the Word

When the Dragon failed to devour Jesus, he poured his fury and frustrations through Rome’s fierce persecution of Christians; again, he failed to extirpate believers in Christ. Christmas is a reminder that the gates of hell cannot prevail against you; be of good cheer, for Christ has overcome the world.

Pray

Thank the Lord for victory at Christmas. 

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