Luke 1:26-28: “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!’”

All throughout human history God has been including people to help carry out His plan.  I think that’s wonderful news! Jesus could have just dropped onto the Earth as an adult, not unlike angels who have appeared on key occasions.  Instead, He was dropped into a women’s womb to be born into a human family, the Son of God becoming a Son of Man. Not just a messenger, He became a relative of ours – which backfires in a positive way:  Related to Jesus, we get to be introduced into His family – God’s family!

Two miraculous pregnancies within six months and within the same family (since Elizabeth and Mary were related) are remarkable to say the least.  Of course pregnancies are always miraculous, given that a brand-new person is developing within a mother’s womb; yet the incidents surrounding Elizabeth’s and Mary’s pregnancy happened for a very good reason. Like a door opening to a mysterious room, God’s carefully designed plan began to unfold. And the world was watching.

The Christmas miracle once started out in a woman’s womb when God became a man; God went to town, specifically, to the town of Bethlehem. Today the Christmas miracle happens when we open our hearts and believe.  Paul explained in one of his letters that Jesus can become a resident of our hearts if we invite Him.  Paul wrote (Ephesians 3:17):

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

We’ve seen pregnant women. We know what pregnancies entail. While Mary carried Jesus physically for nine months, all of us can carry Jesus spiritually for a lifetime as long as we welcome Him. Heaven throws a party when we invite Him over for the first time. I dare say it’s something God and His angels never tire to see – yet another Christmas miracle coming to fruition inside a human being. And as we make room in our hearts for Jesus, the Christmas miracle continues.

“I hope and I pray that someday you will see that He’s the only truth. His love can heal all wounds cuz only God can make us see there’s a miracle plan for you and me. A Christmas miracle inside of you and me.” (George Canyon)

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