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Bird: Christmas in the Apocalypse

Michael Bird on the true meaning of Christmas according to John the Seer:

What if we could do the nativity story directed by Quentin Tarantino? … What would the nativity look like if Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed it? I think the answer is Revelation 12? A woman in child birth is crying out in pain while a dragon is waiting to devour whatever is ejected from her birth canal. This is the nativity of John the Seer! No mangers, no shining stars over Bethlehem, a dragon waiting to kill and consume the Christ child. You see for John the Seer, Christmas (the birth of Jesus) is not simply a positive message of hope, good will, and joy to all people. Christmas is about God’s plan to destroy evil, vanquish the devil, and the triumph of God’s people against their chief adversary. Christmas is not consumer Christianity for the masses. It is an apocalyptic drama of God’s plan to repossess the world for himself through the seed of Eve, the child of a Galilean maiden, the fruit of Israel’s own womb. It’s the Woman vs. the Dragon. It is the Church vs. Satan – that is why Jesus was born. That is Christmas according to the book of Revelation.

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  1. Terri says:

    Wow – that just spun my head a couple different ways. I’ve never juxtaposed the story of the Nativity with the images from Revelation but … Wow. I think I’ll just go and think on these things.

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