Girl, Hoping to be Interrupted

Luke 1 & 2 tells us of divine interruptions in the lives of Zechariah & Elizabeth, Mary, and some shepherds out in a field. In fact, Luke is the only Gospel writer who gives us the details of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary (refer More Moments in #First5 on 'Who I am doesn't feel good enough' by Lysa TerKeurst).

Zechariah's interruption meant that Elizabeth was finally going to be a mother and give birth to his son. Something they thought would never happen.  ["But the angel said to him: 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth... And he will go on before the turn the make ready a people prepared for the Lord.' " - Luke 1:13-17]

Mary's interruption meant that she was going to be the earthly mother of God's only Son. As a virgin, I don't think she had even been giving motherhood a serious thought yet. Not to mention immaculate conception or that the coming of Jesus was so close. ["But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High...his kingdom will never end.' " - Luke 1:30-33]

Elizabeth's interruption was to KNOW about our Lord's coming even before anyone could tell her that it's time. Finally having a baby in her womb and then to be filled with the Holy Spirit at the same time? Wow. ["When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." - Luke 1:41]

Those shepherds' interruption was therefore just the cherry on top! ["And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night...But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:8-11]

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests." - Luke 2:14 | PC: HeartLight

Every time I read Luke, it seems that the takeaway messages become more and more profound:
1. What Christmas means to me.
2. Anything is possible for/with God.
3. Jesus' reign will never end.
4. God's Word will never fail.
5. The significance of John the Baptist.

Even more than that, I realised that I want to be interrupted by God.

What is your favourite message/lesson from Luke 1 & 2?


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