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Jesus Heavenly Birth (Revelation 12.1-3)

"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 family and for the mother and father. Here, the great significance of Jesus' heavenly birth is described. The mother in this passage is called the "woman clothed with the sun, with the moon, and the stars." These represent God's faithful people who have been waiting for the Messiah. "A crown of twelve stars" over her head indicates 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 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 is 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 as the "enormous red dragon", who wanted to kill him.✞

Cosmic Significance

Holy Family in BethlehemThis heavenly pageant pictures Christ's quiet birth in the town of Bethlehem which means "the house of bread" in Hebrew and "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 corresponds 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 © 2017

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