Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
How many times has Mary talked to Elizabeth? Over the years probably hundreds of times. But this time, when Mary spoke, the baby leaped for joy inside Elizabeth and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.
When was the last time you heard someone say something and inside you felt joy leap inside? At a wedding or birth. A young child singing their first song on stage. Someone’s testimony freed from addiction. A soldier coming home and surprising family. You felt hope, honor, joy, or respect.
Many times when I see the flag of America being honored by the military and the jets fly over I feel proud, honored, patriotic because of the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women fighting for our freedom.
“But when Mary spoke…the baby in her womb leaped for joy and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Why? A savior is born. Jesus signed up for battle against darkness. He came to fight death. He came to offer life through His sacrifice.
Hope and Joy leaps in our hearts.
On the road to Emmas, Luke tells the story of Jesus walking and talking with two men about the death and resurrection of, well, himself. After breaking bread, Jesus allowed their eyes to recognize himself, and then Jesus disappeared. Luke 24:30-32 NIV They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” It is the same at Christmas time. Jesus came as a baby. Jesus the Son of God, Jesus the equal with God, Jesus who was with God at the beginning of creation, entered into service to bring freedom to mankind.
Consider these verses and their reactions Luke 2:8-20
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
God sent Jesus to set us free from addiction, depression, hopelessness, and the bondage of sin. We were captive by the sin we allowed in our lives. Satan and his demons continued to tell us lies and set up traps to keep us hopeless.
A Savior has been born to you
Something leaps in my heart about the goodness of Jesus. Allow this Christmas season your heart and spirit to leap and hearts burn as you hear or read the story of Jesus as He came to set us free. Let the patriotic spirit rise up in thanks as the Christmas story is told. This truth will cause a joyful, grateful lighnside.
Feeling hopeless or stressed?
If this Christmas season you are feeling hopeless and overcome by stress, read this story of Jesus in Luke 1&2. Jesus has come to set you free from hopelessness and to heal your heart. He entered this world to fight for you. Christ has won the battle over sin for you. You only need to believe in Him and ask Christ to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to begin a new work transforming your life. You will immediately feel joyfulness in your heart. Find a good church to help guide you and encourage your growth.