Revelation 12:5-6 NIVUK
5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre.’ And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
There’s a sense of paradox in Revelation’s nativity. The babe in the manger of Matthew and Luke is simultaneously presented as both a mighty king in waiting who will rule in power and vulnerable, needing to be protected, as does his mother. I wonder if this tells us something about true power and how it is exercised, not as an unyielding dictator but through vulnerability and identification.
Father, help us to exercises whatever power we might have as your Son does, our Servant King.