Elizabeth. The Virgin Mary’s cousin. Elizabeth and her husband, Zachariah were quite old, and childless. They lived honorably before God, yet while on a normal day, at work, when an unannounced angel appeared to him in the temple of God, he was frightened. Of course the angel said, “Fear not.” The angel went on to inform Zachariah that his wife would become pregnant with a son, and he was to name him, “John”. Then the angel continued and gave him instructions for John and told his life cause was to prepare the people for God. He returned home, and I’m sure he had a difficult time getting his wife to join him in the bedroom, but soon after Elizabeth got pregnant.
I love how God takes everyday, ordinary people to join him in doing some of his most extraordinary work. “How?” you ask. “Really? You don’t think God can use you, that you have nothing to offer? Watch God. You’re never too old, too short, too tall, too under resourced, or too anything. All God needs from you is a willing heart. One that has been given to him.
I had a similar experience when I was married to my first wife. In a dream I was told our first “born” child would be a boy, and that we were to name him, “Joshua David”, and he was to be a spiritual warrior. We lost our first child after 9 or 10 weeks of pregnancy, and sure enough, our first born was a son. You can bet we had no problem picking out his name. And I am holding God to his word that my son will be what God has called him to be.
Zachariah, being a priest of Judah, had to have known the heart of God’s chosen people were turning away. He and his wife had been waiting for so long for God to answer their prayers for their nation and for their own lives, but God did. They certainly had no idea God would use them and their son to set people free from sin. In fact, I love what Elizabeth says.
Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!” she said. Luke 2:25 (MSG)
Mary went to see Elizabeth and to announce her own pregnancy. I’m sure Mary knew what had happened to her cousin, and would have no problem believing her own testimony, because of it. The scriptures say that when Elizabeth heard the news of Mary the baby she was carrying leaped.
Elizabeth was not only looking for her own son, John, but now of a greater one her son would later say he was not worthy to untie the straps of his sandals. She too was looking for Jesus.
It seems some people have a hard time accepting and believing Truth. When they hear how much God loves them and that He gave his only son to die on a cross for them. I think the reason is they try to figure out God with their natural minds, but God is spiritual.
This Christmas season, and always, look harder for Jesus. Expect and believe even when it doesn’t make sense. Look for your healing. For the salvation of your family and friends. For the future of your children, or for the financial miracle you desperately need. Who knows? You may soon be responding like Elizabeth, “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!”
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