How good He must be...

Luke 1:39-44, "39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,  42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy."

Some accounts we find in Scripture must be savored deeply, and this one in particular calls us to it.  Children are very honest with their emotions.  They won't shy from showing their feelings towards foods and they don't shy from showing their emotions to people.

In this account, Mary, the mother of Jesus, visits Elizabeth who is pregnant.  Elizabeth is pregnant with who eventually grows up to become John the Baptist.  In verse 44, we are told that the very baby leaped for joy as Mary approached Jesus! 

I have seen videos of fathers who serve in the military who surprise their children and wives by returning home early... usually in some large event or a custome...  The children and wives leap for joy.  When I come home from work, my children often come and jump into my arms, and leap for joy.  When the baby Jesus approached John the Baptist, he jumped for joy for even in his unborn state, he recognized who was nearby.  The Son of God, come to rescue the world, comprised of individuals as you and me.  The Son obeyed the Father to come and become a sacrificial substitute for us. 

Our response to Jesus... what is it like?  Do we shudder or do we leap for joy?  The appropriate response when we know what He came to do is for us, no matter what the circumstance in our lives, to leap for joy.



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