During this season of Advent, I have been participating in a Bible study where we are studying and considering the first first two chapters of Luke. Yesterday’s reading from Luke 1 really struck me in a way it had not before, and I thought I would share my thoughts for this weeks post. The passage from Luke is included below:
Luke 1:39-55 (ESV):
39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be7 a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
land exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped phis servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
I cannot help but think what a beautiful illustration this is of God placing a call on each of our lives – even at the stage of fetal development. How beautiful that even as unborn child, John responds to the presence of his Savior, Jesus, who was also an unborn child. How beautiful the joy experienced by their mothers Elizabeth and Mary. How beautiful that God revealed himself to us! We hear the story of the birth of Jesus often this time of year, but what a wonderful thing to think how even as prior to his birth Jesus was fulfilling the promises of God.
As you continue through this season of Advent, I want to encourage you to respond to the presence of your Savior with joy, recognizing that his wonderful gift of hope and salvation began not just as a baby, but as an unborn child in Mary’s womb.