FRIDAY December 15, 2017
Mary, Blessed Believer
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” - Luke 1:42-45
Mary hastened to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who spoke, by the Spirit, as the baby leaped in her womb to give a confirmation of what the angel had already told Mary. She was chosen by God to be the mother of her Lord. She was blessed among women. Elizabeth assured Mary that those things spoken to her would be fulfilled. Notice how Elizabeth said, my Lord; this Child would become her personal Lord and Savior. She was so humbled by Mary’s visit and commended her for her great faith.
Imagine, Mary stayed with someone within her own family who completely understood her situation. Mary may have felt alone as a young, unmarried, pregnant teenager, but she found solace with her cousin Elizabeth, an older woman who embraced her. Mary was encouraged by Elizabeth’s friendship; she was a woman in tune with God’s purposes.
Are you in tune with God’s plans and purposes? Jesus left heaven and came to earth as a baby. He came to accomplish His mission––our salvation. Jesus made that clear when He said: I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Mark 2:17). Have you embraced the truth of the Gospel message? Who is Christ to you personally? Have you repented of your sins and asked Him to become your personal Lord?
If you do this day, the Christmas story will take on a whole, new, blessed meaning. Imagine, you will join the family of blessed believers in Christ!
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
for He has visited and redeemed His people.”
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