Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Advent Day #18 - Luke 1:39-45

A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived.  She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth.  At the sound of Mary's greeting, Elizabeth's child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, "God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.  Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?  When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.  You are blessed because you believed the Lord would do what he said."

Mary rushes to the home Elizabeth to visit.  When she greets Elizabeth, the baby she has in her womb jumps for joy.  Even before he has been born, her son recognizes that Mary is pregnant with the very Son of God.  When Jesus comes to be baptized by John, John will say, "how could I baptize you?  It you who should baptize me."  John was blessed by God, even in his mothers whom.  He was able to see the greater plans of God.  He knows that he is going to born in a crucial moment in human history.  He is blessed to be chosen to be the voice in the wilderness.  He is going to prepare the way for the world.

Elizabeth realizes that Mary is blessed.  She tells Mary that she has been honored above all women.  Elizabeth rejoices and feels unworthy that the mother of the very Son of God has come to visit her.  It is interesting when she explains to Mary why she has been blessed.  She doesn't tell her she has been respectable.  It isn't because she has been pure.  It is simply because she has believed that the Lord would do what he said.

How much blessing in our lives do you think we forfeit by not trusting God?  God is forever faithful.  Faithfulness is not a characteristic of God.  Faithfulness is what he is.  If he were to not be faithful, then he would be something other God.  God is truthful and cannot lie.  If he were to lie, then he would be something other than God.  He is eternally sovereign.  If something were to happen without his knowledge, then he would not be God.  He is faithful, truthful, and sovereign.  Why do we find it so difficult to cling to his promises?  May it be said to us one day, that we are blessed because we believed the God would do what he said!

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