The Dragon is mad. But in Christ, there is nothing but total triumph for you … now and forever.
Advent is not just a season of lights and celebration … a fuzzy, warm, magical sentiment. Christ coming into our world pronounces a sentence of doom upon all darkness and has set in motion a process which is transforming everything!
Advent of course is the anticipation of celebrating Christ’s birth. In the weeks leading to Christmas we contemplate the incarnation—the profound mystery of God becoming man.
He came in lowliness. And yet he modeled Kingdom rule.
He continues to come in fullness and power throughout the Body of Christ… “the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” is filling the Church through time (Ephesians 4:13).
And of course, we anticipate His coming again—there will be a revelation of Christ again, this time in overwhelming rule and perfect completeness.
Jesus is no longer a baby. He is filling all things. Even now, he is the cosmic Christ (invest time in the New Testament books of Ephesians and Colossians).
Let the Dragon rage!
Advent is not just the weeks leading to Christmas each December though. It is a much larger dynamic advancing since the birth of Christ.
This should radically transform our lives! We have to understand it in our heart through revelation … and then we must live in the illumination its truth.
The dragon, that serpent of old, is not pleased. He is doomed. It is sealed. The coming of Jesus Christ into the earth is an existential threat to the kingdom of Satan …
“And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne” (Revelation 12:4-5 NASB).
This raging, anti-Christ force was in the earth for centuries, even prior to the birth of Christ. Then, the demonized King Herod tried to murder the Son. The same spirit has slithered through history since the nativity.
Even now, as a Christ-follower, much of what you may go through is not so much about you, as it is Christ and His Kingdom within you. Yet you overcome because Christ has been born in you. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4)!
Advent advances: Christ is indestructible!
As we intentionally allow our lives to be swept up in heaven’s arc of destiny, we will advance in the pleasure of God, hearing the music of our lives.
I’m calling it 365 Advent—living in the possibilities of Christmas every day of the year.
His Kingdom increases constantly. In and through us.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder … Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end …” (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV).
The Son of God is the Ultimate Victor. Rejoice! In Him, you are unstoppable.
This is the vision over our lives … “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15 NASB).
- I will renew my alignment with the now ascended Christ.
- I will harmonize with the heavenlies via worship, the Scriptures, meditation, and prayer and affirmation.
- I will see His victory and rule extend through my life like a scepter, a witness of King Jesus.
- I will advance into new life-seasons with great anticipation!
photo credit: Luis Alejandro Bernal Romero (Creative Commons)
Postscript … the defiance of Christmas!
Christmas is an invasion. The incarnation is a battle won.
G.K. Chesterton wrote that we take in the fragrance today of that “explosion in the Judean hills” nearly 2000 years ago. The cave is an outlaw’s den, an outpost, a fortress in enemy territory. Herod’s days are marked. The Dragon’s doom is sealed.
“There is something defiant in it also; something that makes the abrupt bells at midnight sound like the great guns of a battle that has just been won. All this indescribable thing that we call the Christmas atmosphere only hangs in the air as something like a lingering fragrance or fading vapour from the exultant explosion of that one hour in the Judean hills nearly two thousand years ago. But the savour is still unmistakable, and it is something too subtle or too solitary to be covered by our use of the word peace. By the very nature of the story the rejoicings in the cavern were rejoicings in a fortress or an outlaw’s den; properly understood it is not unduly flippant to say they were rejoicings in a dug-out…. It is also that there is in that image a true idea of an outpost, of a piercing through the rock and an entrance into an enemy territory. There is in this buried divinity an idea of undermining the world; of shaking the towers and palaces from below; even as Herod the great king felt that earthquake under him and swayed with his swaying palace.” (Excerpt from G.K Chesterton’s chapter The God in the Cave in The Everlasting Man.)