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The Christmas story is not just about Mary and Joseph and their experience.
The other Key people were Zacharias and Elizabeth.
We are told that she was a much older cousin of Mary’s.
I would think it would be similar to a grandma relationship rather than a friend.
We know that Zacharias and Elizabeth had never had children even though, it had always been the desire of their hearts. It is always hard for couples who cannot have children, it’s a deep sad heartache.
We are told they were a good couple, blameless in their lifestyle and steadfast in the Lord.
Elizabeth was way past child bearing years and no one would ever expect a miracle baby for them.
They certainly would not think that was possible.
During the visit from the angel to Mary we are told there was more news to share.
In Luke chapter one verse thirty four:
[Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
What’s more, (as if to say, if you don’t believe in this miracle, lets’ try another one more believable), your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but now she is in her sixth month.
For nothing is impossible with God.”]
I would imagine that was a great way of helping Mary to understand, the power and the miraculous when hearing this news.
Mary knew she was up in years and would never imagine her having a little baby of her own.
In verse thirty nine it continues:
“A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zachariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth.
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
There are a few points here I would like to take note of.
Both babies, mentioned before birth had value, each had a purpose and each would play an important part of the story that was unfolding.
As we continue the Spirit of Christmas we will journey through even more signs of miracles and prophecy spoken.
There were others in the story, God saw that is was good to include those who had been waiting.
Isn’t that just like ‘our God’ to give us the desires of our hearts even when we least expect it?