Already in the shops, songs, gifts, excitement.
And here we are, we have arrived at the centre piece of revelation. In all the narrative stories read at Christmas this one doesn’t hardly get a mention, but it should.
“The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre”. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.” (Revelation 12 v 4-6)
This is not a Revelation to come but an explanation of what has been.
Jesus born to be King. At his birth Herod was after Him, but behind Herod was the dragon. Throughout his life the religious were trying to trick Him but behind them was the dragon. At His trial Pilate washed his hands of Him but behind Pilate was the dragon. He died on the cross. It looked like the dragon had won. But He rose and He ascended to the throne of God!
The woman is left, she is us, running in the wilderness and more of that later.
But this is the Christmas story and we must not forget it. The dragon tried and failed. The son was born and is victorious.