You just got a message that will change your life and the lives of so many others, where are you going to go? Who will you turn to? Is there someone who ranks high enough that you would go and see them? Would it be family? Would it be a friend? Who would it be? And what would be your plan for when you arrive there? How will you share it? How will you tell the story? How long will it take to tell and to get there? Will you go in person? Will you call on the phone? Will you drive? Will you fly? Will you take a bus or a train? How would you do it? Ever done something like that and when you got there it was almost like they already knew, but there is no way they could have? They just say something that is so on target though it makes you wonder? Where do you go when you get such news?
This morning’s reading continues in Luke with Mary. She just got the news and she knows exactly where she is going to go and wow what an experience for her and for Elizabeth.
39Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. 40She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me? 44For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness. 45How happy you are to believe that the Lord’s message to you will come true!” — Luke 1:39-45
What a welcome she received? She hadn’t even spoken her news and it was being spoken over her. She was receiving affirmation of what she was going through. She was spoken to via the Holy Spirit through Elizabeth. Of course she will celebrate the reality of the situation…
46Mary said, “My heart praises the Lord; 47my soul is glad because of God my Savior, 48for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, 49because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me. His name is holy; 50from one generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him. 51He has stretched out his mighty arm and scattered the proud with all their plans. 52He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. 53He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands. 54He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel. 55He has remembered to show mercy to Abraham and to all his descendants forever!” 56Mary stayed about three months with Elizabeth and then went back home. — Luke 1:46-56
What will you do? What have you done? Where will you go? Where did you go? What will you say? What did you say? What was the news? Were you expecting the news?
Was news of going from death to life? Was it the new about the power of the resurrection? Was it news about victory? Was it news about change? What was the news? Today’s reading continues into Ephesians which speaks of the hope that is within us, the hope of going from death to life! While we were still messing around in our own ways and our own thoughts and our own actions, God loved us so much that He sent Jesus who died for us that we could be reconciled back to God and that through His death we could be transformed and through His resurrection we could be born again and live in the spirit rather than the flesh. It’s not something we could have done on our own, but it was done by God through God by grace and we have to receive it by faith, not by works because we can’t do anything but receive it! We can’t boast about how great we are or what we did to be saved, because all we did was accept it in faith!
1In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. 2At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. 3Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger. 4But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, 5that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. 6In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. 7He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. 8-9For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. 10God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do. — Ephesians 2:1-10
So let’s hold onto this gift! Let’s do good deeds that we were created to accomplish! Good deeds that He prepared in advance for us to accomplish! Let’s shine like who God created us to be and how God created us to live! Let’s take the news that He has given to us and let’s share it! Where will you go? What will you do? What will you say?
So let’s continue in Psalm 119 and praise God! Let’s allow the happiness to be spread everywhere we go!
17Be good to me, your servant, so that I may live and obey your teachings.
18Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law.
19I am here on earth for just a little while; do not hide your commands from me.
20My heart aches with longing; I want to know your judgments at all times.
21You reprimand the proud; cursed are those who disobey your commands.
22Free me from their insults and scorn, because I have kept your laws.
23The rulers meet and plot against me, but I will study your teachings.
24Your instructions give me pleasure; they are my advisers.