Have you ever been so happy that you can't help but dance a little jig? So happy that even a penalty flag can't stop you? Well, if some people can't stop dancing about grabbing an egg shaped inflatable pigskin out of the air, it only makes sense to leap for joy because of Jesus! And that's exactly what John the Baptist did.
The news of God making good on his impossible promises ignites God's children with joy. Almost as soon as sin entered into the world, God promised that he would bring healing through one born of a woman. He would crush the deceiving serpent, Satan, and bring liberty from sin. Way back in the garden of Eden, he tells the serpent:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel. (Gen 3:15)
In our Gospel lesson (Luke 1:39-45) we discover that God always keeps his promises, no matter how impossible or how long we must wait. At just the right time, God kept his promise to humanity by entering the world through the womb of Mary. He became the zygote who eventually developed into the embryo that both Elizabeth and John joyfully worshiped and praised.
With the many challenges of today's world, it is easy to become discouraged and downcast. But we must remember that God does not depend on us. Instead like Mary, Elizabeth, and John he chooses to include us in his plan by faith. And that plan, that promise, although it may seem impossible, will certainly come to pass. Because although with man it is impossible "with God all things are possible."
Therefore, in light of Christ's advent, let's trust the God who does the impossible.
Father Kurt is the Pastor of Light of Christ Anglican Church in Georgetown, TX