Sharing the Christmas Journey Through the Eyes of Mary and Elizabeth (Part 3)

Mary and Joseph had to travel 90 miles to Bethlehem to register for the census as they were of the line of David. While they were there, the time came for Mary’s child to be born. Can you imagine how inconvenient and uncomfortable it was for Mary to give birth away from home in a barn- not even a hotel? Did Mary wonder if she had heard the angel right.

My child is supposed to be the Son of God whose kingdom will never end and he is born in a stable?

Infant JesusSuddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds in the fields nearby announcing His birth. “Do not be afraid I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you.  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

The shepherds found Mary and Joseph and they told them what the angels had said.

Mary treasured all these things in her heart.


As we consider the journey of these two women who are intimately involved in the fulfillment of God’s greatest plan, we see…

Mary

… A young teenage girl who loved God and was highly favored by God.

… Chosen for the greatest honor any woman will ever have – to be the Mother of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and she said YES.

… Engaged to be married, but when the angel appeared, her whole future changed.  

… Rather than planning for marriage she faced disgrace, shame and possible divorce yet she said YES to all he had promised.  

Elizabeth

… A righteous, faithful woman, advanced in age, who had no way of knowing that all her life through the shame, disgrace and disappointment of barrenness that God was preparing her to be the mother of the prophet who would come in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for the Messiah.

The Christmas story is not complete until the end of Jesus’s life.

Jesus died on a cross, but He did not stay on the cross or in the grave!!

He rose alive from the grave and is now seated at the right Hand of God.  

The curse of sin is broken.

JUST AS THE ANGEL TOLD JOSEPH, JESUS SAVES HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

 

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