Blessed is She Who Believes

Read Luke 1:39-56

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” – Luke 1:39-45

Interior of the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul at Vyšehrad fortress

Interior of the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul at Vyšehrad fortress | Prague, Czech Republic | August 2017

There are a number of blessings that Mary experiences in these few verses. She has a cousin who is experiencing the favor and miraculous blessing of God. Elizabeth – well past the age of childbearing – is pregnant. She is expecting John the Baptizer who will be there forerunner of the Messiah. Mary is carrying the Messiah in her womb. She is now able to spend time with her cousin; reflecting no doubt on God’s promises and faithfulness. She is given the additional blessing of Elizabeth’s blessing and witness, that at the sound of Mary’s voice “the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

Then comes the pièce de résistance. Elizabeth speaks to Mary, revealing a blessing that not only Mary can experience; but one any believer can experience. She offers this blessing: “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” We who believe Jesus’ promise and word have this same blessing.

This does not mean that our faith causes anything to happen. That’s not what biblical faith does. Faith is not some sort of sanctified Star Wars-style “Force” at work in our lives. Faith receives that which God promises and which, therefore, already exists. God does not promise anything in vain. When God speaks, things happen. That’s how the whole world was created: God spoke. It came to be. It was good. God promises. The gift is given. We receive the gift by faith. Faith does not put the gift within our reach; faith finds the gift within our reach.

Blessed is she or he who believes what God has spoken. Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given you. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy,” says Jesus. “I came that you may have life in abundance” (John 10:10). “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17). There are other promises of God that faith will embrace. Blessed are we whenever we do.

3 comments
  1. cmay1228 said:

    The third paragraph – WOW. It has given me clarity with questions I’ve had about faith and how that affects an “outcome”. Thank you for your faithful discipline to provide these insightful blogs.

    In His Service,
    Celeste

    • You are most welcome Celeste! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

      David Bahn Senior Pastor Jesus said, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life in abundance.” – John 10:10 St. John Lutheran Church

  2. This is just WONDERFUL!
    ” ‘Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.’ We who believe Jesus’ promise and word have this same blessing.”

    To this I exclaim, Yes, yes, YES! We are blessed, not that we have status or means or that we can bear children! But instead because we believe Jesus fulfills all prophecy, all our needs, and HE is that best “gift within our faith’s reach”!

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