Reflection: Characters of Christmas: Elizabeth
Women play an important role in Luke’s Gospel. One woman is the model of true discipleship (10:42). Another woman is the model of generosity (21:1-4). And women are the first witnesses to the resurrection (24:1-9).
Luke’s Gospel begins with a very impressive woman. Unlike her husband, Elizabeth did not doubt the angel’s word when she heard she would bear a son in her old age.
Shortly afterwards, she was visited by her cousin Mary who had been told she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High”. Elizabeth may have been the older cousin, but she knew that she was standing before someone more highly favoured than she. She knew that the tiny child within Mary was the Lord himself.
Elizabeth is a model for us in four ways. First, she bore the shame of childlessness without any bitterness towards God. Second, she carried her burden to God. Third, when God spoke, she believed. Finally, with great humility she recognized her place in God’s saving plan.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, by your grace you have come to me in the Lord Jesus and taken away our guilt and shame. Today I affirm my trust in you and ask you to help me to grow in humility. In Jesus’ name. Amen.