In the Presence of My Enemies

Stan Mast

READ : Revelation 12:1-12

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he . . . gave orders to kill. (Matt. 2:16 NIV)

“’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Oh, if only it were true today. On this Christmas Eve day, creatures are stirring all over the world, tyrants and murderers both international and domestic, modern day versions of Herod. That name is an awful note in this lovely story, but it reflects the reality of a world infected by the poisonous bite of that ancient serpent. It’s no wonder that when the Prince of Peace was born, the great enemy of peace would mount an attack.

Revelation 12 shows us that serpent lurking behind Herod. Pictured as a bold, blood red dragon, he set an ambush for the newborn king. But the baby was born with a rod of iron clenched in his tiny fist. That symbolism from Psalm 2 means that the baby will rule the nations.

Even the dragon had no chance against him. The baby escaped to live and die another day. That’s the good news on this Christmas Eve. No matter what creatures stir against us, Jesus will make us more than conquerors.

Some children will leave milk and cookies on the table for Santa tonight. This risen child prepares a table of grace and truth for us in the presence of our enemies every day.

PRAYER

Bread of heaven, feed me ’til I want no more. Amen.