Joshua 7-9 Luke 1:21-38
“Now Elizabeth, your relative, is also pregnant with a son though she is very old. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant for six months. God can do anything!” (Luke 2:36-37 NCV)
Elizabeth had given up hope of getting pregnant because she was so old. Mary might have dreamed about it in the future, because of her engagement, but she certainly wasn’t expecting to carry a baby yet. But God. God can do anything, and He had a plan. He took a lady beyond childbearing age and gave her a child. This child would prepare the way for the Messiah by preaching a message of repentance. He was the last prophet of the old religious ways, born to the last person anyone could imagine having a child. To begin the new covenant, He chose a young girl who had never been with a man. God can do anything!
I find it interesting that the last prophet of the old way of religion, following the law, was born of a woman too old to have children. Even in the person of John, as important as his ministry was, God was letting people know that trying to follow the Law in order to gain His approval wasn’t going to work. It never had worked, and never will. At the same time, in the birth of Jesus to a young girl, we see the beginning of a new relationship with God. We can have a relationship with God not because of anything we do, but because God Himself did the work. Our relationship with God isn’t based on our own goodness. The truth is that none of us could be good enough to earn God’s love. Our relationship with God is based on His goodness, His mercy as He forgives us when we fail Him. The only sacrifice we can point to for our relationship with Him is the sacrifice He made when Jesus died on the cross. The old way of seeking God’s favor by repentance from sin and good works went out with a bang. The new way of a relationship with God who gives us His favor and causes us to repent and do good works entered the world as a baby in a manger.
Lord, remind me that I’m not good enough and never will be. Help me to live by Your grace and show that same grace and love to others each day.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.