Mary had just told the angel Gabriel that she understood the assignment.
Gabriel had shared with Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and the power of the Highest would overshadow her. She knew she would give birth to the Holy One. She understood her Baby was the Son of God.
But that was not the only good news Gabriel brought to Mary. He asked her, “Did you know your cousin Elizabeth, your elderly cousin, is six months pregnant?!”
Everyone is wondering, HOW is this possible? More than likely that very thought went through Mary’s head. But the simple, short answer is this: Because nothing is impossible with God!
If He can arrange a virgin birth; if He can cause an old man and his wife “well stricken in years” to become pregnant…nothing is impossible.
What does Mary do next? The Bible tells us she did not waste a minute!
“…She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly, you’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, the babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!” Luke 1:39-45 The Message
The Holy Spirit came over Mary, overshadowing her and somehow impregnating her with the Son of God.
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit when she heard Mary’s greeting.
Even John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb, was filled with the Holy Spirit!
When the Holy Spirit shows up things happen; things change.
Billy Graham wrote, “Only the power of the Holy Spirit of God can change us, but we must be willing to be changed…Many want to believe in His love, but they don’t want to turn their backs on their sins.
…How does the Holy Spirit release His power to bring about change?
It requires repentance of sin; asking God to reveal sin that rules our lives. He then transforms us. We don’t have the power for self-transformation; it comes from the Holy Spirit.
During a very cold winter a spring of water can suddenly stop flowing due to ice that forms in the pipe. A workman must come and dig through the frozen ground and use a blowtorch to melt the ice block, restoring the flow.
The power of the Holy Spirit is always available—but sin is like ice that blocks a pipe, allowing spiritual coldness to freeze our souls and cut off the Spirit’s power.
The psalmist wrote, “Search me, O God, and know my heart … and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). By receiving Christ’s salvation and forgiveness of sin, the Holy Spirit comes in and makes possible the flow of strength, giving guidance, to help us walk a new pathway in continual fellowship with Him.” (Source: billygraham.org)
The Holy Spirit is a powerful source and one that is available for the asking.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13 NKJV
by Jeanette Stark – Wednesday, December 21, 2022