As I was in church this weekend, our pastor preached on the faith of Mary. In the children's programming, they talked about how Mary's faith brought her joy. I would have to agree that when a decision is made to believe in the hope we have in Christ, there seems to be a release of joy. To know that we cannot bear the burden of our sins, but Christ can brings so much joy to our hearts.
Please read what Elizabeth said when Mary came to visit her in Luke 1:45: "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” We know that Mary believed God because that is what Elizabeth prophesied. Mary's response in verses 46-56 show the joy that had overtaken her because she believed God. Mary had a tough road ahead of her and she knew it because culturally she appeared to not follow God's laws. She was pregnant without a husband! Even in the midst of a scandal, she found joy in God's promises. She found joy in His eternal salvation.
Are you finding joy this season? Do you remember what Christmas is truly about?