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 develops in a mother’s womb. Adding wonder to amazement, the Christmas miracle happened inside a pregnant teenage girl; this is where God became a man. The Lord went to town, specifically, 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.” * Bible Version: New Living Translation
While Mary carried Jesus physically for nine months, all of us can carry Jesus spiritually over a lifetime. Like any other endeavors we pursue, believing in Jesus is a growing experience. Similar to roots growing deep into the soil to support the weight of a tree, so our understanding of God’s love grows deeper over time and this 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 more sequels. As we make room in our hearts for Jesus, a new chapter is being written. And so, my friend, the Christmas miracle continues.