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The sixth person of the Christmas story appears many times.
The first appearance is before he was born.
There were already prophetic words spoken of him, which brings
to mind the knowledge that God knows us,
before we leave the darkness of our mother’s womb.
The sixth person of the story is John as a baby waiting to be born.
The word tells us that after Mary was told by the angel,
about her own ‘baby to be’ she hurried over to Elizabeth’s house.
Perhaps she was like a mother figure to her or just a great mentor.
They obviously shared with each other since Mary wanted
to talk to her first, maybe even before she talked to Joseph.
In Luke 1:39 the story begins:
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean
town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the child leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed
with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and 
blessed is the fruit of your womb. 
And why has this happened to me, that the mother of 
my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound
of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a 
fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
This is amazing to me on many levels.
First of all because of Mary’s young age, I find it fascinating
that she left her home to go be with Elizabeth.
Did her parents say that was fine for her to go, or did she just
leave in haste sensing the need to talk and be with someone who was close to her.
I am not sure how far she had to travel, but it couldn’t have been too close and the risk was high for her to go alone.
Not only that, it says she stayed with Elizabeth for several months.
They didn’t have cell phones in that time so Joseph must have
had to wait with a lot of heavy thoughts in his mind and on his heart.
The other part of the story is Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
and the knowledge of Mary’s baby was revealed during that time.
Was that before Mary even told her about the ‘fruit of her womb’?
The other part of the story is the tiny baby John.
He heard and recognized something very significant before he was born, at this time he was nearing the pre-birth age of six months.
As Elizabeth went in to hiding for five months before Mary came to visit.
The baby leaped upon hearing. Which proves a point I have often
said and thought, that they are babies with the ability to hear and react and respond to different voices.
It also tells how he ‘knew’ that Mary was the mother of the Son Jesus.
The story tells us that Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months
before returning to her own home.
Which would put her own pregnancy nearing the fourth month.
Perhaps this is where she learned and saw the process of giving birth, in preparation for her own birthing experience.
It’s a wonderful way to learn when one can see it with your own eyes and experience it with your own heart and emotions.
Not only did John the baby react upon Jesus arrival then John the man was sent to prepare the way for him too.
On this seventh day of December we learn of the sixth person
of the story and I find it amazing how every character shares in the same experiences.
Holy Spirit God ordained moments.