“What They Said at Christmas,” Elizabeth

December 23rd 2015

Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) upon meeting Mary when they were both pregnant said, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord” (Luke 1:45).


What’s interesting is that both Mary, and Elizabeth’s husband Zacharias, questioned the angel when he announced to them that a child would soon be coming to each. Zacharias was disciplined and was made mute because of his question until his son, John the Baptist, was born. Mary’s question, on the other hand, was met with openness and the angel even explained how it was going to happen.  What was the difference?


In Luke 1:18, John asks, “How shall I know this for certain?” Mary asked the angel in v. 34, “How can this be, since ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I am a virgin?” Although they both questioned the angel, the question behind their questions is where the difference lies.


Zacharias was questioning the actual event and whether the words spoken to him would be fulfilled. His question behind the question was, “Can I believe God will really do what He said?” Zacharias wondered whether this was something he could count on. He questioned whether he should put his trust in the promise given to him.


Mary believed the words spoken to her, but her question was one of curiosity. She wondered how it could actually happen since she was a virgin and sex with a man was the only way she knew of how to get pregnant. She didn’t understand the logistics of how God was going to accomplish it. (In other words, she was being typically female in wanting to ask directions. How will I get there from here?)


Oftentimes, we are faced with what seem to be insurmountable circumstances. Instead of asking, ”Will our children ever come back to the Lord?” or, ”Will God ever bring peace to our church, relationships, or family?” we can say, “I have no idea how this is going to work out, but I trust in the faithfulness of God. I trust in God’s ability to work on my behalf and to bring goodness to each situation in my life.”


Believe. Believe in the faithfulness of God who ALWAYS keeps His promises, “For NOTHING will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37.)

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