This passage was a bit challenging to write on. What does a celestial battle in Revelation have to do with Christmas? That is a good question. As we look at the passage, we see there is a battle happening in the heavenlies and Satan is thrown down to the earth. He is none too happy and is making life terrible for those who follow God. It’s interesting to read that Michael, the great angel, is not allowed to defeat Satan. That role is left for Jesus. His birth, death and resurrection secure Satan’s eventual defeat. So, while this passage seems a bit odd to have as an Advent reading, it is a great reminder to not lose sight of the truth that Satan has been defeated. The world may seem to be spinning out of control, but this passage reminds us that God is in control and the birth of Jesus gives us hope for a better future.
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The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) exists to promote and encourage, without doctrinal note or comment, the translation, publication, distribution and use of the Scriptures throughout Canada and Bermuda, and to co-operate with the United Bible Societies in its worldwide work. CBS was formally founded in 1904. In 1906 CBS became a chartered member of the United Bibles Societies, a fellowship of over 145 national Bible societies around the world. The societies work in partnership with churches and other Bible agencies to facilitate and support translation and Scripture distribution work around the globe. In Canada, CBS translates, publishes and distributes Bibles, New Testaments and other Scriptures, which are available in over 100 languages including Canadian First Nations languages. The first Canadian native translation to be published by the Bible Society dates back to 1804, when the Gospel of John was translated into Mohawk.