Mary, Elizabeth, Luke discussed on John Mark Comer Teachings


What if the problem is not our desire to be happy, but it's that we look for happiness in all of the wrong places and the language of Romans, chapter one, and the creation rather than the creator. We take in the classic human condition move, God's gifts, and we turn them into lower case G gods, and even the best of God's gifts can't bear up under the weight of our desire for happiness. And what if there is no better teacher on how to live a happy or if you prefer joyful life than Jesus. And if you are skeptical of that idea, as I was for many years, let me show you the happiness and joy of Jesus through the lens of the Christmas story in Luke. Take a look at Luke, chapter one. Let's start off in verse 39. At that time, Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea. Oh, Mary's in a hurry. She needs to read my latest book. And she is not. Next time you're in a hurry and you feel guilt, you're like, why am I in such a rush? Just know that you're in good company with the mother of God, right? It's okay. Where she entered zachariah's home and she greeted her cousin Elizabeth. Now when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb and Elizabeth was then filled with the Holy Spirit. And a loud voice she exclaimed blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear. Now, a full explanation of the etymology of this is outside of our time limits, but very long story short. The word that is translated blessed in your English Bible is makarios in Greek, and it's lost its original connotations that were blessed as in English. The word actually means happy. And it meant that when the Bible was first translated into English in the King James version, it doesn't the word blessed doesn't mean that anymore in Modern English vernacular, but it does in Greek. So a better way to translate this is happy are you among women and happy is the child you will bear. But why am I so favored that the mother of my lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for what? Joy and happy is she who has believed that the lord would fulfill his promise to her. So the very beginning of the Christmas stories about Mary and Elizabeth II pregnant women who move from a life of hurry to a life of joy. And it's not just for the women. Turn the page. Luke chapter two verse 8. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the lord appeared to them and the glory of the lord shone around them and they were terrified, but the angel said to them, don't be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great what joy for all the people today in the town of David a savior has been born to you.

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