12 Christmas Characters: Elizabeth

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

Elizabeth was the wife of Zechariah. This elderly couple was told they would have a baby in their old age. Once Elizabeth found out she was expecting, she stayed secluded in their home for 5 months. She said that the Lord had done a miracle and had shown his favor by taking her disgrace away.

In these days, being barren was considered a curse. Elizabeth was older and had probably given up hoping she would ever have a child. However, God had a different plan!

Mary would end up coming to Zechariah & Elizabeth's home to visit. When Mary greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth's baby (John) leaped inside her womb. Elizabeth was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit. She said that Mary was blessed among women because the baby she would bear would be her Lord. Elizabeth was honored to have Mary visit and encouraged Mary during her 3 month stay.

Elizabeth recognized, without Mary telling her, that the baby Mary would have would be the Messiah and He would be her Lord. Elizabeth responded to the birth of Jesus with acceptance, encouragement and belief in God's plans. (You can read the actual story in Luke 1).