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The Birth of Jesus Christ 2: An angel tells Mary about Jesus Stock

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Mary visits Elizabeth

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!" And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers." Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. (Luke 1:39-56)


1) This passage is often not included in the story of the birth of Jesus. If we want chronological order, then we need to include it.

2) The text says that Mary hurried to go to the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth. So she left almost immediately. This trip was not about hiding from shame. Her pregnant state would not have been visible yet. No, this was a spiritual journey. These were two really spiritual women. As soon as Mary got near Elizabeth, John jumped in Elizabeth's womb, and Elizabeth received a special revelation from the Holy Spirit, telling her that Mary was carrying the Savior. Wow!

3) It appears that Mary stayed until John the Baptist was born. She wanted to witness with her own eyes the one who would "make ready a people prepared for the Lord." John the Baptist would be the one who would prepare the hearts of the people for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everything was falling into place for the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

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