Two miraculous pregnancies within six months and within the same family (since Elizabeth and Mary were related) are remarkable, to say the least. Like a door opening to a mysterious room, God’s carefully designed plan began to unfold. And the world was watching.
Pregnancies are always miraculous, given that a brand-new being is developing within a mother’s womb. Think about that. That in itself is amazing. Adding wonder to amazement, the Christmas miracle happened right in a woman’s womb when God became a man; God went to town, specifically, to the town of Bethlehem.
Trusting Jesus, He will move in and become a resident of our hearts. The apostle Paul explained in one of his letters (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.”
While Mary carried Jesus physically for nine months, all of us can carry Jesus spiritually over a lifetime. Like any other endeavors we are pursuing, believing in Jesus is a growing experience. Similar to roots growing deeper into the soil supporting the weight of a tree, so our understanding of God’s love grows deeper over time, which supports us in tough times and considerably lightens the load we bear. I dare say that this is something God and His angels never tire to see – the weight lifted off of our shoulders as new hope is nourished inside of us.
The story of Christmas is in fact open-ended and has many sequels. As we make room in our hearts for Jesus, a new chapter is being written. And so, my friend, the Christmas miracle continues.