Continuing on with our Christmas story-Mary who was pregnant with the Lord Jesus visits her cousin Elizabeth who is pregnant with John the Baptist.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
When Mary greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s child to be – John the Baptist – lept in his mother’s womb. Not in a way that baby’s move around in their mother’s womb normally but supernaturally. By the Holy Spirit – Mary a virgin was with child and He was the long awaited Messiah who would save all men from their sins!!! Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and He gave Elizabeth the knowledge of who Mary was carrying in her womb! Excitedly Elizabeth pondered why she was granted such a wonderful blessing to be in the presence of God Himself.
The coming of John the Baptist is foretold here in Isaiah with a message. The glory of the Lord shall be revealed! John was a prophet and prepared the way of the Lord by preaching a doctrine of repentance and baptizing those who believed. Christ is the glory of the Father and through the eyes of their understanding His glory is revealed and visible to all. John baptized and asked those that he baptized to repent. Repentance is something we don’t hear preached in a lot of churches in today’s world. Repentance is something that I try to speak of often because if we don’t repent we will stay locked in a battle with our sin and in the end it will be our downfall. Our human nature is something we keep when we come to Christ and the battle can be fierce – our new spiritual nature against our flesh or human nature.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert. A highway for our God, every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low. The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth. The glory of the Lord shall be revealed. ”
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
I will probably be sending two verses a day. I cannot wait to tell the story of Jesus birth!!!!
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiance, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of he Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son , and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet.
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us.”
There were three steps in a Jewish marriage in the time period when the Lord Jesus was born. First the families agreed to the marriage. Secondly an announcement would be made and the couple would be engaged – to break an engagement death or divorce would need to occur. Then the couple would be married and would live together. Joseph did not want to disgrace Mary because she was pregnant and wanted to divorce her and break their engagement. As he pondered this – and angel of the Lord appeared to him. God sent down one of His angels to explain to Joseph what had happened and to tell him to take Mary as his wife. Because Jesus was born of a virgin and was the Son of God, He was born without human sin. The prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled in Jesus birth.
Hallelujah! The angel speaks to Mary about the child she will bear!
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
For Mary had found favor with God, and was told by the angel that she would bring forth a son, Jesus being sent by God, and Who would be Savior of His people. The name Jesus is a Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua which meant “the Lord saves”. And in the name of Jesus people were healed and the blind had sight and the deaf heard again and people were saved of their sins. Many years earlier God told King David that his kingdom would last forever. This promise was fulfilled in Jesus He will be called Son of the Highest by being the eternal Son of God from all eternity. And He will be the Messiah, whose throne and kingdom had been given to Him by His Father, the Lord God.