“’Blessed is she [Mary] who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord’” (Luke 1:45 NKJV)
Mary heard God’s proclamation regarding His Son’s conception within her womb from the Angel Gabriel. She listened to how great this Son would become. She heard of His kingdom and dominion, that He would sit on the throne of His father David, that He would reign over the house of Jacob forever, and that His kingdom would have no end.
But how? How could this happen since she was a virgin?
Gabriel’s response was miraculous. He told her that it would be by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit and by the power of the Most High. That the seed of God would be placed in her womb by the Holy Spirit and, because of this, He would be called God’s Son.
What was Mary’s reply to this incredible statement? She said ‘Yes’. Or, more accurately, she said, “’Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:38 NKJV). Gabriel departed, and Mary was pregnant.
Joseph, however, wasn’t so sure. He wasn’t there. He had not met Gabriel. He had not or heard the decree of the Lord made over Mary. He did not believe any of it. So, he planned for an annulment.
Mary left behind his unbelief and ran towards the report of faith.
Her relative Elizabeth was also pregnant and in her sixth month, so Mary made the ninety-mile trip south to Ein Karem. Upon her greeting, the Holy Spirit filled Elizabeth, and the child within her womb leapt for joy! Faith joined these two mothers. Both were carrying promises and both of their husbands were having a hard time believing. This combined faith unlocked each mother’s individual faith, propelling her into another dimension.
“’Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord’” (Luke 1:45 NKJV). Elizabeth affirmed the blessing of believing. The blessing is in believing. The fulfillment is in God’s faithfulness. Belief in the blessing, is a magnet of faith, pulling the Holy Spirit and miracles to us. The promise will be fulfilled by God, who is both faithful and able, but the blessing is already ours. Believe!
Next, it was Mary’s turn to proclaim, “’My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed’” (Luke 1:46-48 NKJV).
Do you believe? Have you heard the Lord speaking promises to you? Affirming God’s word through faith, unlocks God’s blessing. It is time, in this glorious Christmas season, to declare ‘I am blessed!’
So much is coming this Christmas!