“Leap for Joy”

On December 23, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 1:39-45.

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

I’ve always liked this story, the account of Mary’s visit to her older relative Elizabeth. Elizabeth, like Sarah and Hannah before her, had known the grief of infertility, and suddenly she’s pregnant with none other than John the Baptist. I picture her at H-E-B. While her contemporaries are stocking up on Metamucil, Elizabeth can be found browsing through the Gerber’s section.

Don’t tell me folks didn’t snicker behind her back and occasionally to her face; meanwhile, her husband, Zechariah, is strutting around the putting green like a peacock. Ridiculous! People on A.A.R.P. expecting a B.A.B.Y. Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor.

I hope to see you on Sunday. We have a lot to celebrate; after all, we’re expecting a baby!