Monday, December 21, 2015
Background: Luke 1:39-48a (48b-56)
Focal: Luke 1:41, 44-45
Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth who would be the mother of John the Baptist and also pregnant at the same time. Perhaps Mary needed family or just need to get out-of-town for a little while, but it is evident that Elizabeth understood and believed Mary. Upon Mary’s arrival, John leapt in her womb with excitement to know Jesus was near, neither being born yet.
Elizabeth pronounces blessing over her, “and blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
A few thoughts do we leap with joy and excitement to know that Jesus is near? Does his nearness to us change who we are and how we see world around us? Do we realize that Jesus is here with us and he does change our lives?
Second, Mary is called blessed because she believed not only what God said but that it would be fulfilled in her life. Are we not blessed because we do not believe what God wants to do in our lives and then allow him to have his will and his way in our lives?
Lastly, how do we encourage one another? Elizabeth acknowledged and affirmed both Mary’s hearing and acting on faith to the word of God. Can we affirm God’s working in others and help them to see his blessing?