Some of your friends or a colleague of your friend could have shared with you the statement, “Blessed is she who believes that the Lord will fulfill His promises to her!”
Unlike any quotations that others talk about and can be seen on the Internet, this one holds a rich history behind it and can be relatable for every soul who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the promises of God.
To build a better foundation for your spiritual journey, establish a better relationship with your ministries, and have a deeper understanding of the topic to be able to join in discussions, you can first read verses from the Bible, including Luke 1:45, Romans 1:17, and Hebrews 12:1–2, and read about Mary’s Song of Praise.
- 1 Elizabeth: Mother Of John The Baptist
- 2 The Promise Is Fulfilled: Mary And The Angel Gabriel
- 3 Blessed Is She Who Believes That The Lord Would Fulfill His Promises To Her
- 4 Conclusion
Elizabeth: Mother Of John The Baptist
In the Holy Bible, Elizabeth was Mary’s cousin and the mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth’s story emphasizes that Scripture is full of grace, beauty, and faith. Her famous line was, “Blessed is she who believes that the Lord will accomplish all His promises to her” (Luke 1:45). She was an old woman who envied others as a response to the fact that she was incapable of conceiving.
This was an era when people valued women according to their ability to have children. However, after receiving God’s blessing, she remained humble before Him, with no hint of entitlement or bitter words coming from her mouth. As Christians, we need to be humble, patient, and faithful to our ministries.
The Promise Is Fulfilled: Mary And The Angel Gabriel
It was no accident that the blessed Mary was chosen by God to become the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The encounters between the mother of Jesus and the angel Gabriel were the manifestation of Mary’s faith and obedience to the Lord as she willingly presented herself to carry the long-awaited savior in her womb, believing that all that was happening was by the will of the Lord.
Years Between The New And The Old Testament
Before Gabriel appeared to the blessed mother of the Son of God, the world was silent, full of sin, and ruled by an unjust law. It took 400 years to get from the Old to the New Testament. Similarly, it had been several years since the last prophet had received the words of God for the people.
In the last 400 years before the angel spoke to the blessed Mary to tell her that the promises of God would be accomplished, prophecies from the Old Testament had been gradually coming to pass before the birth of Christ.
The Promise Explained
The verse in Luke 1:31–33 reads that Mary will give birth to a boy whom she will conceive and who will be named Jesus. He will reign over Israel, replacing David on His throne, and His kingdom will not end. In the Book of Luke, it is stated that the blessed virgin was told to carry the Messiah in her.
“But how can this happen? I’m a virgin.” She seeks an explanation with a humble question about the things that she needs to do to accomplish the Lord’s promises. As a reply to the question, Gabriel’s explanation emphasizes that the promise will be accomplished through immaculate conception. He emphasized that the Lord would impregnate the blessed Mary and fill her with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Gabriel informs Mary of her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy. As the Jewish people already knew about the prophecy, no matter how this situation seemed to be outlined, they already knew that the Savior would be preceded by John the Baptist, a prophet with the spirit of Elijah. Elizabeth’s pregnancy was a moment of confirmation that the Lord would fulfill His promises.
The Dilemma With The Promise
From our perspective, it may not be a huge surprise that Mary decides to become pregnant with the long-awaited Messiah, who shall be called Immanuel. However, as history shows, deciding to bear the blessed child Jesus for the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises was a brave act that favored the world over herself. If we are to put ourselves in the position of Mary, it may be one of the hardest moments in anybody’s earthly life.
According to the circumstances, Mary was engaged to Joseph, the man she loved. She was a virtuous young woman who was devoted to her faith in the Lord. Being pregnant during this time, on the other hand, is a bad omen and would cost her a lot of money, even if she had Jesus, the Child of God and Creator of Heaven and Earth.
In the performance of the Lord’s promises, Mary must play the earthly parent of Jesus, but this would ruin her reputation and her marriage. The role would make her life more difficult for her and her baby as people would likely ostracize her. Mary knew from the beginning that if she accepted the role, she must be ready to endure the expected hardships that may come her way.
Nevertheless, without fear or hesitation, she said to the messenger of God (found in Luke 1:38), “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said be fulfilled.”
Blessed Is She Who Believes That The Lord Would Fulfill His Promises To Her
Elizabeth’s Encouragement To Mary
In Luke 1:45, God’s words speak, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ear, the child in my womb leaped for delight. Blessed is she who believes the Lord will fulfill His promises to her!”
Acting as Mary’s ultimate source of support, Elizabeth was the person who provided the desperately needed confirmation that Mary’s heart needed amidst the wilderness surrounding them.
Blessed Is She Who Has Believed In!
Mary’s designation as the “blessed among women” indicates that she willingly accepted the gift from the Holy Spirit and believed that there would be a fulfillment of God’s words. Luke 1:45 is the manifestation of Mary’s joy and acceptance of what the voice had told her and her belief that there would be activity in God’s wisdom, manifesting her faith as she believed in the promises of God.
Regardless of which biblical translation you read, whether it is from the New Living Translation (NLT), the King James Version (KJV), or the New International Version (NIV), the emphasis remains on the fact that the Lord would fulfill His promises regardless of the circumstances, as stated in Luke 1:45.
Both women in the verse encountered hard choices to make. Still, they remained true to their belief that God’s promises must be kept. Both of them believed, without any hesitation, that they were blessed for their actions.
Finally, may our generation and all other succeeding generations find encouragement in Elizabeth’s and Mary’s ways, as they responded in true faith and believed that the Lord would not let them go astray as members of the Christian community. May we receive the blessing of God as we pray, obey, and imitate His image and likeness.