This is a Cosmic Christmas.
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne… Revelation 12:1-5 ESV
The Woman clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet and the 12 stars represents the people of Israel. Do you remember Abraham’s call, that he would be a blessing to the nations? (Genesis 12) That his descendants would be numbered with the stars? (Genesis 15) Well here we see that out of this nation a special child is born. Of course Mary is the individual who gave birth, but Jesus is the child of the nation of Israel. Through him the nations of the earth have received a blessing.
But there is a dragon! Who lets a dragon in where a baby is being born? But this reminds us that Jesus came to defeat the Liar, the Deceiver. It was the serpent who deceived the man and his wife in Paradise. And this child is the one who will crush the head of the serpent.
John shows him as a great red dragon. The dragon does what he can to get rid of Jesus. Herod is moved to do him in. but they escape to Egypt. Then it is another Herod and Pilate who will have Jesus put to death. But their victory is their defeat. It is by his death that we receive salvation. In seeming defeat, the great victory is won.
Advent is more than a quietly sleeping child in a Manger. (How did he sleep thorugh the Angel’s loudness?) It is the birth of a king, it is the seed of God’s ultimate victory in the world.
All the dragons are slain by that child.