We are continuing with our study in Chapter 4 of the book The Women of Christmas: O’ Tidings of Comfort and Joy.
Luke 1:39-56 (NKJV)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
The Song of Mary
46 And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.
This chapter was so powerful for me. I never really thought about why Mary would want to immediately travel to see Elizabeth or the fact that she wouldn’t have been able to tell her family that Elizabeth was pregnant because it was not general knowledge yet. Since Elizabeth lived quite a ways from Nazareth Mary’s family may never have really known about it until they traveled to the temple to worship.
I can completely see why Mary would want to go to Elizabeth. Only Elizabeth could truly understand what she was going through since she too was expecting by a miracle of God, herself. Only she would fully understand Mary’s encounter with the Angel Gabriel. And only Elizabeth would have been able to encourage and comfort Mary during this time in her life.
In the scripture we see that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for 3 months. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that time to hear what they talked about? Were they planning for both of their babies? Were they sharing their hopes and dreams for their babies futures. Were they imagining how things would play out for their two sons? I can’t even begin to think how life would be like when you know you are expecting to give birth to your Savior. I’m sure Mary had questions and thoughts about this but we do not see them in scripture.
The fact that God had created a plan for Mary and Elizabeth should comfort us as God also has a plan for us in our lives. It may seem insignificant to you at this time but it is significant to God. In this series of scripture we see were Elizabeth questioned her worthiness that Mary would come to her. Then in Mary’s song we see that Mary even regarded herself as a lowly maidservant. The thing that strikes me about these two is that God knew their hearts. He knew that even though they seemed insignificant to those around them that they had the kind of heart that was needed to raise John and Jesus and prepare them for the life He had called them to.
Don’t ever think of yourself as insignificant or unimportant to God. He sees you and He loves you and He has a plan for you.