Luke 1:39-45 39 In those days Mary arose and quickly went into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 She spoke out with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 Indeed, as soon as the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a completion to those things which were told her by the Lord.”
Having been told by the angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth, who had been called “barren," is pregnant and going to be a mother, Mary set out in haste for the hill country to a town of Judah on a journey that was about 80 miles away to visit her cousin.
After about 9 or 10 days of rocky, dirt and dusty roads and hills, Mary finally reached Elizabeth’s home and announced herself. Specifics about Mary’s transportation to the house of Elizabeth is unknown.
What is known is the fact that Mary made it to Elizabeth house and when she announced herself, immediately after hearing Mary’s voice the child (John the Baptist) in Elizabeth womb leaped and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and Elizabeth shouted with a loud cry: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
Mary’s trip also demonstrates unity that is needed among the believers. No one is an island by themselves.
The coming together and fellowship with one another is spiritually important and beneficial to all of us.
The sharing, caring, crying, laughing, rejoicing, fellowship, comforting, strengthening, helping and just plain loving on one another is good for the soul.
Hebrews 10:25-Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one another, especially as you see the Day approaching.
Sometimes our physical presence is the best present we can give another person.
We are not told in scripture what greeting Mary brought to Elizabeth, but that when she did, it was powerful and it brought joy in the house.
Mary needed Elizabeth and Elizabeth needed Mary. Younger women needs older women and older women needs younger women.
The same applies to old and younger men. We are our brothers and sisters keeper.
People of God, we need each other. Scripture declares that iron sharpens iron.
Loving God means loving one another for this is the greatest command given by Jesus, that we love God and love one another.
Thinking of a gift to give this Christmas season? Give the gift of the virgin birth story to someone who does not know Jesus for the pardon of their sins. That gift would be the most beneficial gift you have ever given for this gift would last them throughout eternity.