Luke 1:39-45

             In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry,

            “Blessed are you among women,
                        and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
             And why has this happened to me,
                        that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
             For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting,
                         the child in my womb leaped for joy.
             And blessed is she who believed that there would be
                        a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

             Elizabeth was the wife of a priest, and Mary was a poor, unknown virgin, yet Elizabeth did not look down on Mary.  Prejudice had no place then and it should have no place now among God’s people.  Instead, Elizabeth immediately proclaimed the baby in Mary’s womb as her Lord.  

            So let us rejoice and react the way Elizabeth’s baby did when we think about the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  May we put away all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and focus on the love that Jesus brought into this world.  Then let us spread the news throughout the land. 

Thank you, Father, for all your abundant blessings. 

Help us to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas:

the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor Rodney Hubbs

McMechen – First Christian Church

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