Blessed Is She Who Believes
Day: 3 | Plan: Luke
Today’s Reading: Luke 1:39-80
Luke 1:41-42 (NIV) “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!’”
Sharing good news with a loved one can be exciting. Especially when that loved one has something in common with you.
In today’s text we read about two women—one very young and one very old—sharing the commonality of two unconventional pregnancies.
After Mary’s phenomenal encounter with the angel Gabriel she immediately “got ready and hurried” (Luke 1:39b) to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who was six months pregnant and carrying John the Baptist in her womb.
Just the sound of Mary’s greeting as she enters Zechariah’s house to see Elizabeth sets off a chain of events we don’t want to miss. Scripture tells us that …
John the Baptist leaped for joy inside his mother’s womb.
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice.
Mary receives prophetic blessings from Elizabeth and responds with a hymn of praise magnifying the Lord.
What I would give to have witnessed this extraordinary exchange. Talk about an exciting reunion! Never before in Scripture had a unborn baby (Luke 1:15b) and an elderly woman (Luke 1:41b) been filled with the Holy Spirit—responding in such a remarkable way to the voice of a teenage girl carrying in utero the Savior of the world.
What was Elizabeth’s first question to Mary? Not, “Did you come alone?” or “How did you get here?” but instead she asked, “Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)
I find this fascinating because Mary hadn’t even told Elizabeth she was pregnant yet! So how did Elizabeth know? The Holy Spirit had revealed the prophetic news to Elizabeth (and her baby, John) as Christ’s powerful presence entered the house.
Yes, even wrapped inside Mary’s womb, our Savior’s omnipotent presence was already being revealed.
Wow, that’s amazing! But do you know what else is amazing?
In Christ’s presence we, too, can experience the exact same things Mary, Elizabeth and John the Baptist experienced during those extraordinary moments together. As we welcome Christ’s presence into our lives and develop an intimate relationship with Him, we open ourselves up to receive:
The fullness of God’s joy.
The infilling of God’s Spirit.
The acceptance of God’s blessings.
The delight of having God’s favor.
The opportunity to magnify God’s glorious name.
Knowing these five truths gives me great encouragement as I begin my day. In Christ’s presence, I am enveloped, empowered and equipped to handle anything I encounter today … and so are you!
What if we allowed these five truths to sink deep into our hearts and minds today, so that we could recall them in a split second the next time we become discouraged, frustrated or overwhelmed? I think we should, don’t you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, this is the day that You have made; therefore, I will choose to rejoice and be glad in it. When I start to feel drained by the demands of this world help me to remember that it’s in Your presence I can experience fullness of joy. When others make me mad or circumstances make me sad, help me to hold onto the truth that Your joy gives me strength and Your love sustains me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
The song that Mary recites in Luke 1 is known as “The Magnificat” because her words... Read More
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