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Why the Red Dragon of Christmas?

This year I set out on an ambitious task of creating a video and leader’s guide PDF to help some bold and daring churches teach something different this Christmas- the Red Dragon of Chirstmas. What?? That doesn’t sound like a very cozy message. The late Dr. Robert Lowery writes of the dragon that we see at the Nativity Scene in Revelation 12:

John’s rendition offers conflict not carols, war not worship. It is a PG-13, if not R-rated, rendering of the story. Some scenes are too intense for young audiences, indeed for audiences of all ages.  There is no sentimental Christmas story here: no cozy fireplace, only a fire-breathing dragon; no cookie-eating Santa dressed in red, only a red dragon ready to devour the baby Jesus; no cuddly animals lowing, only a cunning dragon sweeping his tail across the heavens.  Can you imagine a dragon becoming a regular in a Christmas story performed by little children? Who would  want the role? Can you picture a well-known company printing Christmas cards with a red dragon lurking behind the manger scene? Of course not! Someone else already lays claim to the color red this time of year, we would be told. Let’s not confuse the public.

In this very obscure passage, we see missing piece in our Nativity. We get a behind the scenes look at what was really happening at Christ’s birth, throughout his life, and even before. Down through history, Satan has constantly pursued the  destruction of Jesus. There is a thread found throughout the entire Bible– hostility between the seed of the woman and the dragon. Revelation 12 is simply the starting point. From there, you can trace the Dragon’s efforts to undo God’s promise from Genesis right on up until Bethlehem.

This video and PDF makes it easy to tell that story:

http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/26526/The-Red-Dragon-Of-Christmas

It outlines the many stories in the Bible where we can see the Dragon at work, like a puppet-master pulling strings. From Genesis, to David, to Esther, to Bethlehem, and many others. Not a cozy message. Or is it?

This is a reality in scripture and in our life too. Many church-going people are either skeptical of this truth or oblivious to it. We, as Christians, need to be aware of it, but also be confident that the ultimate victory is won already. Christ is the conqueror. He has vanquished the enemy.  The Dragon is defeated. The rest of Revelation 12 reminds us that since he was unsuccessful in destroying the Messiah, he has turned his fury against the rest of the woman’s seed…that’s us!  But here comes the COZY part. Rest assured that God’s purposes and His promises can never ever be frustrated. If a long history lesson can teach us anything, it is that God is infinitely more powerful than any seven headed, seven crowned, and ten horned dragon. Glory to God Most High. We too are on the  winning side. Paul sums it up beautifully in Romans 8:37-39:

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Would your church benefit from such a Christmas message?

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