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Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)
TITLE: Mary and Elisabeth
By Michelle Mitchell
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“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.” Luke 1:35-36 KJV
I can only imagine how Mary must have felt as she hurried to the hill country, to the city of Judea where her cousin Elisabeth and her husband, Zechariah lived. Almost breathless, I am sure, Mary entered the house and greeted Elisabeth. Before she could blurt out another word, Mary was stopped short by the look on Elisabeth’s face.
At the very sound of Mary’s voice, the baby in Elisabeth’s womb had leaped and she was filled with the Holy Spirit who with a loud voice spoke through her saying, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”. Luke 1:42 KJV “Why would the mother of my Lord visit me?” Elisabeth asked. “For the very moment I heard your voice, the baby inside my womb leaped for joy.”
Here we have two woman, cousins by virtue of their bloodline. Mary, an unmarried virgin, with child conceived of the Holy Spirit and Elisabeth, advanced in years and barren, only about 3 months short of delivering her 1st born son. How could either be possible? The answer is simply this- “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 KJV
Mary stayed with Elisabeth about three months before returning home. Shortly thereafter, Elisabeth gave birth to a son and they called him John. “And her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.” Luke 1:58 KJV
Elisabeth’s baby, John, would be a prophet and immediate forerunner of Jesus Christ. John’s ministry was to prepare the people for the coming of Christ and would literally point Jesus out to them. It was near the end of John’s ministry, when he recognized Jesus and proclaimed Him to the people as the Messiah. John baptized Jesus and soon after, was imprisoned and beheaded.
Mary’s baby, Jesus, would be born in a stable, visited by shepherds an outsider from Galilee. He was God incarnate. Descending from His throne high and lifted up, He laid aside the garments of his majesty to come to this earth. For about thirty-three years, Jesus would wander, a homeless stranger in the world which he himself had made. As the little chorus goes, He came to pay a debt he did not owe because I owed a debt I could not pay and needed someone to wash my sins away. Mary’s baby, Jesus, was crucified. It is because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection, that I accept by faith this free gift of salvation.
In the beginning, there were two woman, cousins…….
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