Christmas is just around the corner. The air has turned cool, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
You may be off to a drive-thru celebration or caroling in your car, or sharing a meal with your family, but this season is one to remember.
On the fifth day of Christmas, we continue in our Advent series, The Ten Days of Christmas, with a small reminder that even unborn children recognize Christ.
Yesterday, we heard the most beautiful birth announcement of our Lord and Savior from the Angel Gabriel.
Shortly after that miraculous visit, Mary set off to see her relative Elizabeth. Upon her arrival,
“At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”Luke 1:41
The encounter described in this passage is certainly miraculous, but it also speaks to the unborn children.
The baby recognizes Mary’s voice. Had the baby heard Mary’s voice before? Did the baby know who Mary was and the precious cargo she was carrying?
Was it a supernatural intervention for only this moment? I think doctors and parents would say that a baby can recognize voices and other things while still forming in the womb.
The second part of the verse is more fascinating – Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Up until now, the Holy Spirit had only made a few appearances in the Old Testament.
We know that Elizabeth and Zechariah had an intimate relationship with the Lord, so one would assume they had the Holy Spirit in them in some form, but this is the point in Scripture where it is expressed verbally.
Elizabeth recognizes the Christ-child that Mary is carrying. She would have had many years on the young Mary and would be able to provide some guidance to her.
However, what we see is a revelation of sorts; Elizabeth knows Mary’s story and believes it. Elizabeth knows that her baby and Mary’s are part of a larger story – a greater purpose.
This recognition comes from her strong relationship with the Lord, but also the miraculous conception Mary experienced.
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”Luke 1:45
Faith is believing in what you cannot see. Elizabeth encourages our young Mary and affirms the call that is placed upon her life as the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
John the Baptist, in the womb, recognized Mary’s voice and jumped for joy. The baby knew the precious child in Mary was special and recognized it.
Do you recognize the Lord’s voice when He is speaking to you?
Do you jump for joy when you hear His still small voice?
Recognizing our Lord’s voice is part of having an intimate relationship with Him. God will often push us to make phone calls, reach out to someone in need, or give sacrificially.
When was the last time you heard the Lord speak to you?
If you haven’t heard His voice recently, spend time reading Luke 1 and ask God to speak to you through the words of this scripture passage.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for a glimpse into heaven and the power of recognition. Even in a mother’s womb, you open our eyes to the gift of life and your love for each of us. Please help us to recognize Your voice when you speak to us. Amen!