Read Luke 1:26-45 – The cousins are in the house! I love my cousins; our ties are strong even though we don’t see each other in the day to day. Mary and Elizabeth have a strong bond too. Just as Gabriel said, Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, is pregnant. His next angelic visit is to Mary, a descendant of King David and betrothed to Joseph (I just like that word, BETROTHED, you might prefer, ENGAGED). She gets news that no other woman has ever – nor will ever get – she will conceive baby Jesus, by God’s own design. And her response is just perfect, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”(:38) Then she visits cousin Elizabeth and Zechariah. Baby John lept in the womb at the sound of Mary’s voice, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (this was a unique experience then, believers now receive the Holy Spirit as soon as they ask Jesus for Salvation). Elizabeth calls Mary blessed and the mother of her Lord (:43). Beloved, sit with these short and amazing verses. Why wasn’t Mary terrified to be an unwed mother – the penalty of which was stoning? How does your faith compare? Are you open to the divine possibilities Jesus may bring your way? Pray that your faith is strengthened, that you declare as Mary did, “I am the Lord’s servant.” 🤰💖🤰🙌🙋♀️💖🙋♂️
Read Luke 1:1-25 – The stage is being set; we shouldn’t rush through. Luke establishes himself as a person of great discernment. He carefully investigated the eyewitness accounts of Jesus and the events surrounding him (:2). He did this so the truth would be a certainty, strengthening all that Theophilus had been taught (:4)…. And we, are also blessed to have and examine this truth!
The time is set, Herod was king. The priestly line was established for Zechariah and Elizabeth.
Zechariah was doing his priestly duties, burning incense in the sanctuary of the Lord, while a great crowd stood outside praying. The angel, Gabriel, appeared before Zechariah with amazing news. His barren, older wife would have a son; he will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah(:17). What other notable things caught your eye as Gabriel was speaking about this child?
Zechariah questions how this will happen due to his and Elizabeth’s age – and Gabriel pronounces silence over Zechariah for questioning him! The way Gabriel speaks, the certainty and authority, makes me think of the very one he is announcing – but I don’t want to get ahead of things.
Beloved, humility is so important in God’s economy. Surrender your pride when seeking the Lord; pray and read His Word with a humble heart.😇🧎🤰