The babe in the manger whose arrival more than 2000 years ago we celebrate today was as helpless as any other child ever born.  He who created the vast expanses of the heavens and the stars that fill them and the atoms that comprise them was dependent on the care of his teenage mother and adoptive father.

Yet there is also a sense in which everything ended that day for Satan and sin.  The final battle hadn’t been fought, but Jesus’ arrival indicated the end had come.

The undiminished deity who came as genuine humanity came offering salvation at His first advent.  But at His second advent, He will come with judgment and unquestioned victory, as Revelation 18 anticipates:

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!’” (vv. 1–2)

“For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.” (v. 8)

“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.” (v. 20)

So this Jesus who came as a child, is the destroyer of the false religious system symbolized by Babylon.  He is Judge of Babylon — and all men — and He is strong.  And He is the defender of His righteous people, who should find joy in His righteous judgment.

This is the Christ child.  This is our Savior.  With His coming, the joyful consummation of the end of the ages has begun.