We covered a lot of these passages a few weeks ago during our Advent series at CPC so I will try not to repeat the prominent themes of hope, joy, peace & love that we covered in those messages. Instead I’d love for us to focus on 1 verse that is commonly missed in the midst of the great incarnation passages in this chapter.
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. Luke 1:45
This verse says that Mary was blessed for her belief or faith in God fulfilling His word. There are plenty of other passages in Scripture that says this same thing. Many Christians know that God speaks and makes promises. But many of us forget that we receive them by faith. Pastor Ray Ortlund of Immanuel Church in Nashville once said this about this faith in God’s promises:
Receive God’s promises by faith. Do not test them by sight. Do not take a “wait and see” stand-off-ish position. Embrace the promises as yours in Christ. Just believe God. And ask yourself, “Okay, how should I live right now as someone destined to inherit blessings only Almighty God could think up? Look for the beginnings of fulfillment in this life. His promises are way too big for our little existence here. But you can expect previews of coming attractions. He will encourage you along the way.
We see the truth of Ray’s comments in Luke 1:45. Mary instantly believed God’s promise and Elizabeth recognized this. Living out faith in that promise was everything from Mary going to Elizabeth with this crazy, unbelievable, risky good news, and eventually going on a road trip to Bethlehem and then living as refugees in Egypt. They had tons of previews of this coming attraction with the angels, wise men and everything else in between that caused Mary to ponder with joy. God fulfills His promises but we receive them by faith. Do you have faith in what He has promised you through Jesus?
Share in the comments below of a time you received a promise by faith.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor