Google+ 12/22/12 Mary Did You Know?

Luke 1:42-45 

 

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary,

“God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.

Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?

When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.

You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” 

 

I think the answer to today's question is "YES."  One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Mary did you Know."  It is a wonderful song and brings up some great thoughts.  Yet, the answer to each verse's question seems to be a resounding "YES."  Following our designated Scripture for today, in Luke 1 is what we refer to as "The Magnificat" (Luke 1:46-56). "The Magnificat" proclaims that Mary realizes what is about to happen since the initial frightening visit by the angel.  Elizabeth also knew.  Notice that as Mary arrives, Elizabeth is excited and reaffirms the blessing that God has bestowed on Mary.  Elizabeth, as we know, was carrying her own child, who was to be John the Baptist.  Rather than exclaim her own child's birth, which would have been perfectly normal and appropriate, Elizabeth focuses on the child that Mary is carrying.  Zechariah and Elizabeth were being blessed by God.  Their faithful service was being rewarded by the fact that they were "with child" at a time when most would say it was impossible.  With all of this going on, Elizabeth still focuses on what will be "her Lord" and His mother, Mary.  Contrast Mary's response to the angel visit in Luke 1:38, with Zechariah's response in Luke 1:18.  Both announcements are miracles in their own right, but the responses are VERY different.  Mary arose and went directly to see Elizabeth, believing all the angel had told her.  Zechariah questioned the angel as to how this could be possible for he and Elizabeth, since Zechariah was a man "stricken with years."  Did Mary know?  Again, my response is a resounding "YES."  Notice the end of today's Scripture reading.  Elizabeth identifies that Mary is blessed, because she believed that God would do exactly what He said.  Here comes the big finish!  How do we become blessed and know?  We do what Mary did.  We believe.  I hear you saying, "Yeah, right.  It can't be that easy."  It is that easy.  That's why we call it "FAITH."  Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Noah, Able, Lot, Isaac, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary all did the same thing.  They believed what God said even though it seemed impossible to them.  Because they did, God blessed each of them.  Adam, Eve, Cain, Ishmael, Lot's wife, Pharaoh, and Judas, did not believe.  They had their own agendas.  Because they did not believe or let God be God, they were not blessed.  In all cases, they became cursed.  So, we end like we began.  "Mary did you Know?"  She said, "Yes, I do," and I pray that we do exactly the same every day of our lives.