Monday: December 21, 2020
Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
‘Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the world’. Those were the words of Archimedes, a scientist to whom the expression “Eureka” is often attributed. He used this interjection when he recognised that he had found a way to prove that the crown received by the then ruler, Heiron II, was not pure gold as his goldsmiths had suggested.
In context of today’s text, we could find the babe John in the womb of Elizabeth also jump and say ‘eureka’ which would suggest “I have found Him! Jesus is here, Yes! The babe in the womb recognised the presence of Jesus at the sound of Mary’s voice and leapt for Joy. Yet, very often, in our own situations, sometimes God shows right up at our doorsteps, but we fail to recognise Him.
Our posture is pretty much like Mary Magdalene who failed to recognise Jesus at the tomb, thinking Him to be a gardener and asking after Jesus from him (John 20:14,15). Or even the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, who were surprised and shocked upon realising that they had been walking with and talking to Jesus for miles but had failed to catch on that He was the one (Luke 24:16ff).
Both parties aforementioned had been so concerned with recent happenings and thus made foregone conclusions that Jesus was dead and gone. But such was their relief and delight when they came to recognise who had been right in their midst. Beloved, Jesus will show up in your situation- perhaps not in shiny clothes or in the company of thunderous and boisterous sounds. The question is:
- ‘will you recognise Him?’ and
- ‘can you tell that He has arrived?’