Leaping for Joy

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In Luke 1:36, the Angel of the Lord comes to Mary and tells her, “ And now your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.”

I have had the Christmas music on now in our home for a couple of weeks. I use to wait until closer to December 24th, but the last few years I let it flow soon after Thanksgiving. I find the words of the songs help my preparation for the sacred time. One song, a relative newcomer to the traditional Christmas repertoire is “Mary Did You Know?” , the version I hear the most is sung by Kenny Rogers. The song goes into “ Mary did you know that your baby child would one day…?”   The reality is that we don’t know what Mary or her cousin Elizabeth knew, who was carrying the babe John The Baptist. For each of the these ladies it might be that the less they knew the better.

Each woman was in the middle of a rather rare pregnancy.  Elizabeth was old and past the age where she would expect to be pregnant. On the other edge of the age spectrum was Mary, a young virgin. Each of their sons would face a violent death. John The Baptist was beheaded. Jesus went to the cross. So why did the babe in each womb "leap for joy” when these women met (Luke 1:41,44)?

In John Ortberg's book,  the “Life You Always Wanted “ he writes: “ We will not understand God until we understand this about him: ‘God is the happiest being in the universe’(G. K. Chesterton). God knows sorrow. Jesus is remembered, among other things, as a 'man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.’  But the sorrow of God, like the anger of God, is his temporary response to a fallen world. That sorrow will be banished forever from his heart on the day the world is set right. JOY is God's basic character. God is the happiest being in the universe."

God is acquainted with our griefs and sorrows. On this anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Jesus' compassion is upon all those who suffer and mourn the wake of war. By the miracle of the resurrection, all wounds will one day be transformed to joy by the mercy of God. May the babe leap in your spiritual womb this Christmas! No matter what your lot in life, there is new JOY giving birth. Jesus is among us! God is with us!

Pastor David J. Jensen

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Reneta wrote:
I've been really eceitxd to see PV's mentality change just in the past year from bringing people INTO the church, to encouraging the church to go OUT. This year for Christmas, rather than doing the same Christmas program its done for over a decade, we've themed this Christmas Christmas to GO (picture a chinese to-go box as the image . Everyone in the Northland who has ever wnted to see The Singing Christmas Tree has come to PV to see it EXCEPT those who are homeless or in prison. So where are we taking the message of Christ? To the homeless and to prisons. I'm pretty eceitxd about this I think this is one small way we see the Kingdom of God expanding in a real, and practical way.

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