For the next 3 weeks before Christmas I am going to release 3 posts Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story. I really wanted to title this series: The Teenager, A Middle-Aged Woman and The Senior Citizen I Want to Be Like, but I thought it was a little long 🙂
I prepared parts of these posts in a message I shared at a few events. There’s just so much to the lives of these women that I can’t get away from their stories and how it relates to the birth of Christ. I want to share these snippets of their stories with you so you can see the hope of Christmas, our hope in Christ as we learn from these women and begin to model the character they lived.
Each of these women were:
CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD
All three of these women carried inside of them the promise of their savior, the Messiah. The Christmas women all spent time in the presence of God so, when God’s promises were present in their lives they immediately recognized them. The lives of each woman in the Christmas story affected people around them as they pointed the world to Christ. All three believed in the promises of God and trusted in God’s timing. I want to be like the Christmas Women. I want to carry inside of me the promise and the presence of God. I want my life to affect others so they look to Christ. I want faith to believe in His promises and a confident trust in His timing to fulfill them. I pray that by the end of this series you want to be like these women too.
So let’s begin our Christmas Festivities,
The first woman in the Christmas story…Jesus’ Story…is actually:
THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN – ELIZABETH
“When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”
Luke 1:23-25 NLT
Luke starts his gospel account starting with the record of a couple named Zechariah and Elizabeth. Luke tells us that this couple was old, that was his way of saying Elizabeth was passed the age of child-bearing. One day while working in the temple, an angel tells Z that Elizabeth his wife is going to have a child, and not just any child.
Their child would be the one prophesied about in Malachi 4:6. He wast to be the forerunner for the Messiah.
“And he will go on before the Lord…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (NIV)
I think it’s pretty clear from Z’s reaction that he had long since given up on the dream to have a child before the angel came to meet him at work. Z didn’t believe and as a sign from God that God could do what He said, Z was unable to speak for 9 months, until the birth of his son.
On the other hand, Elizabeth immediately believed and because of her faith, Elizabeth carried John the Baptist; the one who would prepare the way for the Christ, in her womb. Elizabeth protected the promise of God inside of her by staying secluded for 5 months. She took extra precautions to make sure the promise of God inside of her was able to grow and mature. Elizabeth didn’t let anyone talk her out of her promise from God. She didn’t allow anything to stop it from being birthed.
This Christmas, think about the promises God has given you as a believer in His Word and one’s He’s given to you personally. Protect those promises. Give them room to grow in your heart, your mind and in your life so you can see them birthed like the baby, John The Baptist.
Father…I thank You for all the promises in Your Word and for speaking directly to me. Help me to put a shield around your promises so they will have room grow so I’m able to carry them to full-term; watching Your promises be fulfilled in Your timing. In Jesus Name…Amen
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You can find the full story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in these portions of scripture:
Luke 1:5-25 John The Baptist Birth Foretold
Luke 1:39-56 Mary Visits Elizabeth
Luke 1:57-66 Elizabeth gives birth to the Promise of God
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