25 Days of Christmas – Hey, I Know That Guy!
It was a time of rejoicing mixed with trepidation. Young Mary, engaged to Joseph, is confronted by an angel who tells her she has been chosen by God to be the mother of His son. She can’t refuse, can she? She loves Jehovah God and waives her will in deference to His. Now she is pregnant. Surely word will get out. Word will reach Joseph. How will she handle this? To sort out her tumbled thoughts and keep out of the eyes of the neighbors, she embarks on a trip to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Her cousin is quite old but the angel told Mary that she was pregnant. It would be good to talk to another believer and swap baby stories and such.
Mary leaves Nazareth barely pregnant to travel to Elizabeth’s house in the country. No sooner than they meet than Elizabeth’s unborn child reacts to Mary’s unborn child. In Luke 1:41-45 it says,”And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed 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.” Wow, that is some greeting!
Baby John leaps for joy in the presence of baby Jesus, while both are still in utero! But what leaps to my mind is that it is Elizabeth who is filled with the Holy Spirit. In His power she recognizes that Mary is pregnant with no ordinary child. She is pregnant with God’s child. She praises Mary’s willingness to answer God’s call on her life. It is confirmation for both women that what is happening to them is indeed from God and in His hands.
Neither truly understands what their lives will now be or how their lives will change. Neither women knows the pain and sorrow their future will hold. They cling to to joy they know will come. And why is that? It is because they know their God. They obey their God. They feel blessed to be a part of His plan, no matter the cost. It won’t be easy but He will walk it with them. So my question to you is this…Do you know Him? If He sent His angel to you or His Holy Spirit to you would you listen to Him and follow? The cost is high. It contains both sorrow and joy. But it is so worth it. If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, what’s stopping you? Talk to your pastor. If you don’t have one contact us here at crowsnestministries.org. We’ll be happy to lead you to Him.
Mary still has to return to Nazareth and face the music. By the time she returns it will be obvious she is pregnant. Tomorrow we will see her Joseph and her family. Till then, think about where you are in relation to Christ. See you then!