Mary was not the only one that played a key role in the story of Christmas. Elizabeth, her cousin, played an important role as the mother of John the Baptist, who would foretell the coming of Jesus. Elizabeth was not your typical mother. We learned in Luke 1 that she was much older when she conceived John, and that she had been considered barren for most of her life. As a person who is going through “barrenness” currently, Elizabeth is an inspiration. In Luke 1, we learn a little bit about her personality, “‘The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.'” (Luke 1:25). She is humble, and she is faithful. She acknowledges that God is in control, and that He alone can change things.
This is not all that surprising if we know about her family. She was a descendant of Aaron, Moses’ brother, who was a prophet, and the beginning line of priests. Because of this, his family had the exclusive right to make offerings on the altar to God. They were humble people, having to do this, and having this responsibility.
Elizabeth remained faithful to the Lord despite what I can imagine as being in so much pain. In her society, she would have been the outsider without a child. Some may have even accused her and her husband of doing something wrong to anger God.
Yet, the Lord had a plan. He knew in His perfect timing that she would be used in a great way. She would not only give birth to John, but she would encourage the mother of the son of God. She was the first person who probably knew, and who Mary could confide in.
Today, first pray for God to reveal Himself to you in your time. Then, read Luke 1:39-45:
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
What do you learn about Elizabeth here? How can you apply this to your life right now?
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Think about what Elizabeth must have felt to have her prayer answered. How can you apply this situation to a situation you might be going through where you don’t know why God hasn’t answered your prayers?
- Where do you think God might be calling you to be more like Elizabeth?