Matthew 1:18 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
People from previous ages had looked forward to this moment in time, when the woman’s seed mentioned in Genesis 3:15 would bring forth a Savior. From that time in the garden until this special generation, known as “Messiah’s Day,” there had been “enmity” between the seed of the woman and the serpent. In a very short period of time, this was all about to change. A man was about to be born who would fulfill God’s word given in Genesis 3 regarding, “crushing the head of the serpent.”
The Holy Spirit waited during the first creation for the Word of God so that He might bring order from the chaos of the elements. The Spirit was now moving again as the fullness of time had come. “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-6).
The fullness of time had come as the Holy Spirit moved upon Mary and created the Holy Child Jesus in her womb. God’s means of salvation was being brought to birth. It is amazing to think about that glorious time. The world continued on as normal. Nobody in the Roman government knew what was about to happen. Some prophetic people in Israel knew the time was near for Messiah to be revealed.
Mary, holding in her heart what had been told her by an angel, went to be with her cousin Elizabeth, who also was with child. The baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped when Mary and the Holy One within her entered the room. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and “cried out with a loud voice” and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me?” (Luke 1:42-44). She knew by the Spirit that Mary was carrying the Messiah in her womb.
In our time, as the world goes on its way, the Lord is at work among His people, as well as in the midst of the nations. The Lord transcends time and space and works among us by His Holy Spirit. It is important for us to wait upon Him with listening ears so we, like Mary and Elizabeth, are in a place for the Lord to call us and use us for His eternal purpose. We too, carry something holy inside us. God gave us the promise of His Spirit for simply obeying the Gospel. Every believer is called to represent the Holy One of heaven.
Jesus’ birth is more than an event to celebrate. It is the only answer for mankind and his lost condition. As Mary went to share with Elizabeth, let us be ready to give others the reason for the hope that lies within us. We serve the living God who dwelt among us as the babe in his mother’s womb.
Father, I thank You for sending Jesus. I thank You for having a prepared vessel in Mary who was obedient to Your word saying, “Behold the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). I ask You to create in me that degree of a submissive heart.