It’s the time of year when the word “Christmas” comes to the forefront of society. It’s interesting how it divides into 3 different camps: Those that see it from a religious standpoint as the birth of Christ. Those who see it as a time for Santa Claus, flying reindeer, and the magic of a man who brings presents to children. And lastly, those who don’t care about any of it. I am refraining from entering into the discussion of the true meaning of Christmas, however I want us to consider something often overlooked in scripture. In order to set this in context, we must revisit the garden and Genesis 3:12-15 during the time Adam & Eve were beguiled by the serpent. During the sentencing by God, he expressed to the serpent, the offspring of the woman would crush his head, and he would bruise the heel of the offspring; we all know this was fulfilled at Calvary. Back to Jesus. Suffice it to say when Jesus was born, was not as important as his death. I believe we can agree on that, but my focus is on what happened at his birth (whenever it was). I’m not pointing at the manger, the wise men, the star or any of those things. I’m looking at Satan, as he has for thousands of years, awaited the seed; the conqueror, the one coming to destroy him. It was during the birth of Jesus, that Satan entered the heart of Herod the Great. As a result, Herod attempted to put baby Jesus to death by killing all the male children two years old and under. Can you imagine what that slaughter looked like? Have you ever given thought to the impact it had on the families of these children? Jesus came into the world to overcome death, and death reacted in this gruesome way to prevent his arrival. What was the birth of Christ? It signaled the end of Satan’s reign of death on humanity. At his birth, the Bible gave us a closeup glimpse of how terrible the reign of death would continue to be, if not for Calvary. Celebrate what you will this season, but for me, I thank God for the cross today and every single day.