Words from the Heart for Saturday December 16th, 2017
And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren…When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:36,41 (NRSV)
The Child Leaped
When the angel answered Mary’s question of “How can this be?” there was a two-part answer. First, the power of the Highest would come upon her. Secondly, the angel told Mary that her aged cousin Elizabeth was also expecting a child. Both were now part of the Lord’s plan.
Canadians love to visit Australia, and to quote the Australian Tourism Minister’s words, “Canada’s numbers are leaping forward like a ‘roo.” Now, my Australian friend Berni would understand what that meant, but for those of us who don’t speak Australian, ‘roo is short for kangaroo. In 2016, 152,000 Canadians visited Australia, an increase of 8% over 2015. And the growth continues. In the 12 months ending this past March, 158,000 Canadians visited Australia, an 11% increase over the previous 12 months. Leaping forward like a ‘roo.
There is a precious story in the first chapter of Luke about the joy that accompanies the news that the Messiah would soon be born. Shortly after Mary received the news that she would bear the Messiah, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. The angel who had brought the news about the conception of Jesus also told Mary that Elizabeth was pregnant and would bear the one who would prepare the way for Jesus – John the Baptist. When Mary arrived at Elizabeth’s house, something amazing happened. Luke 1:36 and 41 tell us: “And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren…When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” The unborn John leaped in his mother’s womb when he heard Mary’s voice. The Spirit of God was at work in the life of this unborn baby, and in the spirit he recognized something special was happening here. Your spirit will leap, too, when God is at work revealing His will for your life.
These have been words from the heart.