Preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. Come join me on this Journey, it is not to late to start.
Day 10 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled With Great Rejoicing!.
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 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 am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!" (Luke 1:39-45)There was a new life growing in the womb of Elizabeth. And there was a new life growing in the womb of Mary. A new life that would bring "new life" to the world through salvation. The anticipation was palpable in this account of Mary's visit with Elizabeth. Two women who were experiencing miracles from God experienced the Holy Spirit and unspeakable joy through the new life entering the world. The simple presence of Jesus in the womb brought the Holy Spirit, joy, and worship as we see in Mary's reaction in the verses that follow this passage (Luke 1:46-55).
The presence of Jesus has brought the Holy Spirit, unspeakable joy, and worship into my life and I feel blessed beyond measure. Thank you Jesus! Thank you.
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.