Luke 1:39-45: I love this greeting between these two women. Elizabeth proclaims a blessing, but who is really being blessed here? and who is doing the blessing?
“Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:39-45 NKJV
If you pause for a moment and consider each woman’s situation, I think you will see God’s blessing, His care, and concern revealed in this intimate moment as the Holy Spirit moves over their lives.
Why does Mary seek out Elizabeth in the first place? I can only imagine how scared this young, suddenly pregnant teenager might have been. I think she sought out Elizabeth because she knew her to be older and wiser. Getting out of Nazareth and away from the judgmental looks had to have been a relief as well.
How Elizabeth’s greeting must have encouraged and strengthened Mary’s heart! Isn’t it just like our Lord to encourage us through others when we are scared and doubting? It is unlikely that anyone in Mary’s hometown would have offered her such a word. But God knew just what she needed to hear and from whom she needed to hear it.
And Elizabeth? She had been in seclusion for five months after learning of her own miraculous pregnancy. Imagine her joy! After a lifetime of yearning, God had finally heard her prayers. Still, I think she must have been a little uneasy about the coming birth.
Mary’s visit comes at just the right time. She is there to help Elizabeth in her final months. Once again, God knew exactly what Elizabeth would need. The kind of help she likely wouldn’t get from her elderly friends. Mary was uniquely able to help Elizabeth in preparing for the birth of her baby.
A baby that would one day prepare the way for Mary’s baby; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Can you see the Spirit weaving It’s way through their stories, Beloved?
God was preparing to bring into the world, the Savior of the world. And yet, He cared deeply for the thoughts and feelings of His messengers, Mary and Elizabeth.
God hasn’t changed, Beloved. He is still all about salvation, redemption, and reconciliation.
At the same time, He still cares deeply for His children. His messengers.
You and me.
Advent gives us time to ponder these truths. Time to sit in wonder. Time to remember. To consider our role in HIStory.
Time to praise Him for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He will do… soon, Beloved.