(in the interest of full disclosure, i think i remember reading something by Max Lucado about Christmas cards you won’t likely see soon. it stuck with me.)
our first installment: a baby-eating dragon.
in the book of Revelation, the author John has a vision. he sees a woman, pregnant and crying out in the pain of childbirth. he also sees an enormous red dragon with seven heads. the dragon was standing in front of the woman.
the dragon’s intention: to devour the baby the moment he was born.
terrifying. and not something likely to be printed by Hallmark anytime soon.
it’s just not very…oh, i don’t know…Christmas-y.
it reminds us, once again, of the stark reality of Jesus’ birth. it was not sterile. it was not pretty. it was not always Christmas card material.
there were forces against him from the beginning. forces that understood the cosmic fate that hung in the balance. forces that were ready to wage war.
so, how does John’s vision end?
well, the dragon with ten heads stands by, as the baby is born. ten mouths poised to devour the child. as the baby arrives, John notes he “will rule all nations” and then is snatched up and away from the jaws of the hungry enemy. the child is taken up to God and his throne.
the simple point? the Christ-child is victorious. his enemy loses.
that sounds like a Christmas card i would buy.