​Blessed Are They Who Believe

December 8th, 2017

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." Luke 1:41-45 (ESV)

When the angel visited Mary to announce she would be the mother of the Messiah, he also shared the news that her cousin Elizabeth - thought to be barren - was six months pregnant, punctuating it with the pronouncement, "For nothing will be impossible with God." In response to so much overwhelming information, Mary answered with humility and submission, demonstrating her trust in God even as she was swept into a series of events she could not yet fathom.

Mary visited Elizabeth not long after this, and upon her arrival, Elizabeth confirmed that God had indeed chosen this young girl to bring the Messiah into the world. It's incredible to think that the leaping of Elizabeth's unborn child and her resulting song of praise composed the first of countless earthly worship songs that would and will be sung for Jesus!

When Jesus entered human history, the Israelites had been waiting for the Messiah for hundreds of years. It could not have been easy to remain faithful during that time, to keep hoping, and to believe the words of the prophets long after their voices had died away. Over time, many gave in to complacency, but there were others who kept hope alive for years, passing it from generation to generation. The final line of Elizabeth's song is a blessing, not just for Mary, but for all those who believed and continue to believe God will fulfill His promises.

Mary had every reason to disbelieve the angel's incredible announcement, but instead, she demonstrated deep faith by trusting that what God said He would do, He would do. Today, we can be encouraged to know that God still blesses our belief, even when His ways don't make sense.