Our minds are hopefully increasingly getting focused on that old, old story. The story of a baby born. Not just any baby, but the Son of the Most High. Many familiar aspects to the story. An angel appears. A virgin is found with child. Shepherds have an encounter of the divine kind. Wise men follow a star.
I read about Him in Micah 5 this morning. The eternal aspect of His birth. Foretold by a prophet centuries in advance . . . coming forth from of old, from ancient days . . . One who would be ruler in Israel . . . One who would one day stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the LORD from His holy hill . . . One who came to bring peace. And this One would be born in nondescript Bethlehem. But on the night of His birth in Bethlehem, as the old, old story reminds us, there was no place for Him.
I also read about Him in Revelation 12. The cosmic side of His birth. A great red dragon in the heavenlies ready to devour the Child. But this Child who was born to “rule all the nations” is “caught up to God and to His throne.” And the dragon is defeated. He and his angels are thrown down. “And there was no longer any place for them in heaven” (12:8). And this morning I’m struck by the fact that there’s no place for the dragon, either.
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered Him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!” (Revelation 12:10-12a ESV)
No room for the accuser in heaven. No place for Him because he has nothing to say concerning the “brothers.” No accusation to bring against those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and have born witness of the kingdom of the Christ.
I’m reminded that the devil has a lack of material when it comes to accusing God’s people.
He has nothing to say. Not because we have paid the price for our iniquity, but because Jesus has, once for all, at Calvary. Not because we, in ourselves, are without stain, but because His atoning blood wipes clean every stain.
No accusation left for the devil to bring. Not because of our perfection, but because of our Savior’s. Not because of any righteousness of our own making, but because we have been robed in His righteousness.
The carpet has been pulled out from underneath the feet of our enemy, the accuser. There’s no place for him.
And this, because of the Christ. Who, on that night in Bethlehem, was born a Redeemer, though there was no place for Him either.
O come let us adore Him!
What wondrous grace. To Him be all praise and glory.