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Advent Week 3: Mary Believed…Do You?

Mary’s level of belief somehow seems to keep increasing! After her encounter with Gabriel, and her trust that what the angel was saying to her was completely true, Mary immediately goes to see her cousin Elizabeth. Upon her arrival, Elizabeth is stunned that Mary has come to see her: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,

You’re so blessed among women,
    and the babe in your womb, also blessed!”(Luke 1:41-42)

 

Now that is a greeting! I can imagine the smile of Elizabeth’s face and the warmth in her hug, there must have been a hug involved. And Elizabeth doesn’t stop with this greeting. She goes on to say,

“Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
    believed every word would come true!” (v 45)

Elizabeth recognizes the level of belief that it took for Mary to be obedient to what God told her through the Angel Gabriel. Mary had to believe two things. One, she had to believe the truth about what God said about her, that she was loved; and two she had to believe that she was worthy to carry the son of God in her body. In verse 51-54 Mary grasps the gravity of who is in her!!! Do you? Do you believe that the same Jesus that was in Mary is also in you? Do you grasp the gravity of the reality that Christ is in you? That the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you? It is true. You and I have an opportunity to believe with the same level of belief that Mary did. She was a teenage, unwed young woman who could have been stoned to death for carrying the Son of God in her, yet she believed the truth about herself and the truth about who was inside her anyway. Do you?

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