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Chaplaincy

Friday, Second Week of Advent

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down." -- Revelation 12:10

The Great Invasion

Through these reflections, we've had the chance to explore how Jesus was "fully God and fully man." We've taken time to be awed that the God of the Universe cares about us so much that he would choose to actually become one of us and experience this roller-coaster ride of human life. Christmas gives us a friend and an advocate who has really "been there."

But since Jesus is also fully God, there is a whole other dimension to what happened that night in Bethlehem, something that holds the key to the lasting difference he makes in our imperfect lives and our imperfect world. Consider the words of Philip Yancey, in The Jesus I Never Knew:

"There is one more view of Christmas I have never seen on a Christmas card, probably because no artist, not even William Blake, could do it justice. Revelation 12 pulls back the curtain to give us a glimpse of Christmas as it must have looked from somewhere beyond Andromeda: Christmas from the angels' viewpoint.

"The account differs radically from the birth stories in the Gospels. Revelation does not mention shepherds and an infanticidal king; rather, it pictures a dragon leading a ferocious struggle in heaven. A woman clothed with the sun and wearing a crown of twelve stars cries out in pain as she is about to give birth. Suddenly the enormous red dragon enters the picture, his tail sweeping a third of the stars out of the sky and flinging them to the earth. He crouches hungrily before the woman, anxious to devour her child the moment it is born. At the last second the infant is snatched away to safety, the woman flees into the desert, and all-out cosmic war begins.

"Revelation is a strange book by any measure, and readers must understand its style to make sense of this extraordinary spectacle. In daily life two parallel histories occur simultaneously, one on earth and one in heaven. Revelation, however, views them together, allowing a quick look behind the scenes. On earth a baby was born, a king got wind of it, a chase ensued. In heaven the Great Invasion had begun, a daring raid by the ruler of the forces of good into the universe's seat of evil."

What can I say to follow this? I think I would do well just to sit back and allow myself to be filled with awe, wonder, and joy at what God has done. I look forward to celebrating the "Great Invasion" this year!

-- Charley Francis '04
Community Outreach Coordinator
Levitt Center