A Royal Gathering
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. — Luke 1:39-41
What you have right here is one of the great royal gatherings of all time. Two divinely appointed men meet in the womb. God designed them, predestined for a plan, and named them with this in mind long before they were seeds in a womb. Don't let anyone ever tell you that life begins at birth. Life begins when God determines it. And Elizabeth and Mary were carriers of God's intent whose respective wombs carried the highest of royalty. Both are pregnant and cousins, and still so different. One is young. One is old. One is married. One is not. One carries a prophet. One carries a Savior. Each boy has taken predetermined names. One is called John. The other is called Jesus. And the strangest of things, the baby called John, whose name is not yet spoken by his father Zechariah, knows the Savior has just entered the room. How about that? A baby in a womb acknowledges life in another womb.
These two men are about to turn the known world upside down. They would crash against culture. They would perform incredible miracles. They preached a profound message. And then, finally, one would save the world from sin. Salvation would come to all humanity by a king who became human. And on the eve of Christmas, they had a little celebration in their mothers' wombs.
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Thank you Vince for the revelation of the beginning of life. I never saw that as an example before and will be sure to remember it if I ever have the opportunity to save the life of an unborn child.
In this season of celebration I am not sure where to begin, there are so many reasons to celebrate the birth of our King! As we celebrate His birth, all of our blessings, His grace, mercy, love, forgiveness….. a new covenant-His blood shed for me…. none of those are possible without his birth, God’s greatest gift. So today I celebrate God’s love and forgiveness for me, an undeserving sinner…. and share the gratitude I have for being free of an addiction to porn and a lifestyle of selfish desire that He has delivered me from and created in me a new Man!
The more read, know, understand, and ask for wisdom to comprehend Him; the more I love our Lord King Jesus. So this Christmas I’m celebrating Him for the Awesome God He is to all creation.
… merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and sin; visiting (punishing) the iniquity … to the third and fourth generation ( of those who hate Him)… and these is just the “back parts” of our wonderful God…
Praise you Lord of lords, King of kings, and Creator of all… HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is our God Almighty!
I’m giving all my worries and fears over to Him and fully laying down my life letting go of the worldy things and clinging to the gift given by grace.
I am celebrating God and all the mercy and grace he gives to us, the sinners.
“They would perform incredible miracles.”, please follow up. I’m not a scripture expert, but I’m confused, where and when did John the Baptist, perform miracles. Am I missing something here. I’ve been a Christian for over 40 years and don’t recall where John performed miracles. This is not a challenge but simply clarification. Please and Thanks, Have Blessed Merry Christmas.
Jesus would perform them Ruben.
Just semantics having it written as “They” and not “Jesus would perform miracles” is what threw me off. Yes He would perform wondrous miracles. Thanks Vince for your commitment to our Lord. Have a Merry Christmas. Looking forward to your teaching.
I just confused the pronouns with the collective “they.” “He” or just “Jesus” as a noun would have been better to insert here. Sorry for the confusion.
Vince, I am celebrating Immanuel, God with us! Yes, He came for all mankind, but I am mindful that He came for ME and my wife, children and precious granddaughter. What amazing love!
Amazing love is right.
I am celebrating that we are both sons of God. I am a son, He is the only begotten son, to God be the glory.
I’m celebrating God giving me the means to spend time with my son who just finished the police academy and is now a deputy sheriff and his wife, whom we almost lost last Christmas due to illness. Talk about a miracle!
Christ has done many things for me, but my biggest celebration is life. In every sense and form of the word. With His direction, love, and patience, I was finally able to see the light on the path so to speak. All be it late and a mess in my wake, I feel I am on solid ground now. Thank you Jesus. May I never forget or take it for granted.
Likewise, Trent! Thanks for the reminder. I’m having a down week and your comment helped me thank the Lord for waking me this morning. Lord restore to me the JOY of my salvation. Amen
We all have those. I have them all too frequently. If we can recognize that, and the joy stealing enemy behind it, and force a readjustment of focus….. it can help immensely. I try to remember what is important. What will and will not matter in 10 days, 10 years, or if Jesus comes back tomorrow. I pray the Lord blesses you with joy until your cup runs over and you spill it on everyone around you!
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you and your joy might be full.
Jesus, the word, the Holy spirit, God in heaven loving us. These are our joy. Its all in our Bible. May you and I both see that first and foremost, and always.
It’s amazing how the enemy can sit in your head and twist your thoughts so you concentrate on your problems or why you feel the way you do, instead of standing in awe of his presence and experiencing his joy and peace which he brought to us. The Holy Spirit lives inside of me. Why do I worry about things I can’t control or what tomorrow brings. Why do I have to do a self assessment everyday of why I feel the way I do. God doesn’t want that. He wants me focused on him. He wants me to experience his Joy. So much that my cup runneth over onto others!! What a great reminder!
Thank you for the messages today guys. I needed this one. Merry Christmas!
Amen. Well spoken.