Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-45
“Bllessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:42-45)
The angel Gabriel was sent to Mary from God to announce the good news that she would bear God’s Son — “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (vs. 30-33).
You can imagine how confused Mary must have been — “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (v. 34). The angel explained that the conception in Mary’s womb would be a miracle accomplished by the Holy Spirit (v. 35). The angel went on to reveal to Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was with child also — “And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the six-month with her who was called barren. For nothing is impossible with God” (vs. 36,37).
After Gabriel had given Mary the good news that she would conceive God’s Son, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth (vs. 39,40). When Mary greeted Elizabeth, the baby leaped in Elizabeth’s womb (v. 41). Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she cried out with a song of thanksgiving and love (vs. 42-45). Read and reflect upon the words of Elizabeth to Mary. Elizabeth knew how blessed Mary was to be the mother of God’s Son (v. 42). She will filled with humility as she realized her own unworthiness and she rejoiced in the blessing given to her younger cousin — “Why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (v. 43)
In these final days before Christmas, let us rejoice in the good news that was given to Mary and Elizabeth. Let us remember that nothing will be impossible with God (v. 37). Let us also be filled with humility as we consider the birth of our Savior — “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Lord Jesus, I rejoice in the message of Christmas. It was Your love for me that brought You to this earth. You humbled Yourself and took upon yourself frail humanity. You were born in the most humble circumstances. You did all of this to accomplish Your mission to save Your people from their sins. Don’t let me take lightly the message of Christmas, for it is a message of hope, love and great joy!
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