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Jesus Heavenly Birth
(Revelation 12.1-3)
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"A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven, an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads." (Revelation 12.1-3)

Woman Clothed With The Sun

Baby JesusGiving birth for humans is a special moment both for the mother and father and for the family. Here, the great significance of Jesus' heavenly birth was described. The mother in this passage was called the "woman clothed with the sun, with the moon, and the stars." These represented God's faithful people who have been waiting for the Messiah. "A crown of twelve stars" over her head indicated the number of the tribes of Israel or the Twelve Apostles. God set apart the Jews for himself, and that nation gave birth to the Messiah, born in Bethlehem in Judea. Another modern Christian view is that the woman is the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus and this image is often portrayed in Christian art as a woman in a blue robe with the stars over her head like a halo.

Jesus Historical Birth

Red DragonSo let us compare this Revelation episode with what we know of the historical birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesus' earthly birth was as a "male child" born by the action of the Holy Spirit to a devout young Jewish woman named Mary who was a virgin. King Herod immediately tried to destroy the baby Jesus. Herod saw Jesus as a threat to his throne but was motivated by Satan portrayed in Revelation as the "enormous red dragon", who wanted to kill him.

Cosmic Significance

Holy Family in BethlehemThis heavenly pageant pictured Christ's quiet birth in the town of Bethlehem which meant "the house of bread" in Hebrew and the "house of meat" in Arabic. Bethlehem was also the birthplace of King David. Today, it is a Palestinian town on the West Bank. In it's time, Bethlehem had the same cosmic significance as Jesus' birth in Heaven. Interestingly, this Revelation narrative corresponded to a strange myth in the ancient world that a goddess pregnant with a savior was pursued by a horrible monster to be saved only by miraculous intervention. She bore a son who then killed the monster. The story of Jesus on the other hand is no myth but a historical fact with a cosmic significance.

"Jesus Heavenly Birth"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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