December 22, 2019
“If we answer the call to discipleship, where will it lead us? . . . Only Jesus Christ who bids us follow Him, knows the journey’s end. But we do know that it will be a road of boundless mercy. Discipleship means joy.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
There are five songs celebrating the birth of Jesus – all in Luke’s gospel. Now that Mary knew she was to become a mother, she wanted to see her cousin Elizabeth so they could rejoice together. “Joy” is the major theme of this passage. Elizabeth’s song is the first and so she can claim, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, of singing the very first Christmas carol.
1. These women found joy (v. 41, 44)
“The miraculous expression of the unborn child is meant, and not that Elizabeth saw her own joy reflected in the unconscious movement of the child. . . . Elizabeth knew that Mary would be the mother of the Savior by the movement of her unborn child.” -I. Howard Marshall, Luke
To confess Christ as my Lord will
2. Elizabeth found joy in her (1:43)
The first to confess Jesus as Lord !
1 Corinthians 12:3
If this child is God and if He is Lord of all, then He must be .
“The incarnation is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it makes sense of everything else that the New Testament contains.” -J.I. Packer
3. They found joy in (v. 45)
God brings others who believe that Jesus is Lord to encourage us .
1 Thessalonians 5:11
1 Peter 1:8, 9
Romans 10:9, 10
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45
Read Luke 1:39-45. To where did Mary hurry in Luke 1:39?
According to Luke 1:41, what two remarkable things happened as soon as Mary called her greeting to Elizabeth?
In what ways could we describe both Mary and Elizabeth as “blessed” women?
Read Luke 1:39-45. What was the significance of the baby leaping at the sound of Mary’s voice? See Luke 1:41 and 44.
How did Elizabeth respond to the baby’s leaping inside her?
How did Elizabeth indicate that she knew what her and Mary’s pregnancies meant?
Read Luke 1:39-45. According to Luke 1:42, in what way was Mary blessed?
Why did Elizabeth describe herself as “favored” in verse 43?
How would you describe the mood in Zechariah’s home during the time Mary visited?
Read Luke 1:39-45. In what significant way did Elizabeth address Mary in verse 43?
Why did Elizabeth’s baby leap in her womb?
Judging from Elizabeth’s experience, what is it like to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Read Luke 1:39-45. Who was blessed?
How does it feel to be genuinely complimented by someone older than you?
What significance do you think it had for Mary that Elizabeth knew the importance of Mary’s baby?
Read Luke 1:39-45. What general spiritual principle did Elizabeth express in verse 45?
What older Christian could you contact or visit this week to express appreciation for the help he or she has been to you?
For what work of God do you want to celebrate or praise Him?