The angel Gabriel brought a message to Mary that she, as a virgin, would give birth to God’s Son. A few days later, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, also with child.
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41
Mary visited Elizabeth in her sixth month and stayed with her until close to the end of her term. Two things happened as Mary entered the house and greeted her cousin.
The first thing came from the baby inside of Elizabeth. John leaped within her womb at the sound of Mary’s voice. Look at what Elizabeth said about her baby’s reaction.
When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. Luke 1:44
Also, when Mary first visited, the Holy Spirit filled Elizabeth. The evidence of this in filling resulted in how she responded to Mary’s greeting.
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? Luke 1:42-43
How could Elizabeth have known that information? Gabriel never talked to her. He only spoke with her husband, Zechariah. Filled with the Holy Spirit, she continued speaking to her cousin.
You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said. Luke 1:45
Mary’s Mixed Emotions
Put yourself in Mary’s shoes for a moment. She did not doubt that she had heard from heaven. When God speaks to us, it often comes through a feeling or a thought, doesn’t it?
Given a little time, we begin to question or dismiss what we thought God said to us. Why does this happen? We allow doubt to creep in, plus we might receive discouragement from others.
Because Mary stood face to face with Gabriel, she couldn’t doubt God’s message. But she might have feared how she would tell her family and friends and especially her fiancé, Joseph.
Who would believe her story? Everyone knows it takes two people for one of them to end up in “her condition.” People would automatically make accusations of adultery, punishable by death!
So, she did one of the best things she could do to help her process what had just happened to her. Mary got out of town and visited the only person Gabriel referred to, Elizabeth.
What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. Luke 1:36
What do you do when you know that you know that God has spoken to you? But you fear that no one would understand? Let Mary’s actions serve as an example for you.
Like her, find someone who can relate to you and encourage you to follow God’s calling. Or, if you have a spiritual mentor, go to that person for encouragement and confirmation.
Because Mary visited Elizabeth, she received both encouragement and confirmation of the calling God relayed to her through Gabriel.
Mary’s Song of Praise
While traveling to the hill country, excitement and fear must have flooded her mind. But when she heard Elizabeth’s greeting, she responded with a song of praise beginning with these words.
Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! Luke 1:46-47
Can you hear the sigh of relief in her initial praise to the Lord? She found someone with whom she didn’t need to explain herself, someone who understood.
She continued because she realized of all the girls God had to choose from, He chose her. That very thought began to settle deep within her humble heart.
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. Luke 1:48
She also understood that she had become an instrument for the Lord. He poured forth His mercy on her and all of humanity.
For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. Luke 1:49-50
In her song of praise, she acknowledged some of God’s wonderful and powerful feats.
- His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
- He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
- He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.
- And He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. Luke 1:51-53
Like God Visited Both Mary and Elizabeth, He will Visit You
Maybe something sparked in Mary when Elizabeth said that she felt honored that the mother of her Lord visited her. With that, Mary saw the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel in sight.
He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever. Luke 1:54-55
God visited Mary and called her to carry Jesus plus, He chose Elizabeth to birth John the Baptist. Likewise, God has a call for each of us as well.
His call for you may not change the world like it did with these two women. But it will change your corner of it. Let me encourage you to seek and fulfill God’s call on your life.
Lord, Mary received comfort and encouragement when she visited Elizabeth. Plus, through the Holy Spirit, her cousin confirmed her call. Give each of us a person to spur us on spiritually.
Check out these other posts taken out of Luke chapter 1.
- How to Stay Motivated to Read and Investigate God’s Word
- Living A Life Of Faith Like Mary Did
- The Birth Of John The Baptist
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