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GLAD TIDINGS OF JOY
. – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Christ’s birth
SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:5-80
Style: drama/soliloquy: Elizabeth recalls
. the joy that Jesus’ birth brought
Cast: ELIZABETH (much older woman)
(ELIZABETH delivers her soliloquy.)
ELIZ. My heart is filled with joy, just
. remembering how it all happened.
. But more than that,
. there is joy - BECAUSE it all happened!
. Are you curious yet?
. I will begin my story with the fact
. that I had been married to Zacharias
. for many, many years already –
. before we had our baby.
. That in itself was a miracle,
. because I was well past that age!
. Just like Abraham’s wife, Sarah.
. It was probably because of this
. true story in biblical history
. that I, Elizabeth, hung on to the hope that
. we could still be blessed with a child.
. And to be honest, just like many other
. Israelite women throughout the years
. leading up to this point,
. I was hoping to be extra blessed by God –
. to perhaps be the one to give birth
. to the expected Messiah.
. It was not beyond the realm of possibilities -
. as long as one was a descendant of King David.
. Well, after so many years of praying,
. I did become pregnant in my old age.
. It was NOT with the Messiah,
. but of course, I was still filled with joy.
. As well, now Zacharias and I
. would no longer feel disgrace.
(ELIZABETH makes a poignant pause.)
ELIZ. Yes, amongst our people in those days,
. if a married couple could not have children,
. people just assumed that God was punishing you
. because you had been unrighteous.
. As well, if a woman became pregnant
. before marriage –
. she would be harshly judged.
. So it was when I was six months pregnant,
. that my niece, Mary,
. came for an unexpected visit.
. She, too, was pregnant.
. But she was not yet married.
. In fact, she was still a virgin.
. It was Mary who was chosen to give birth
. to our Messiah –
. the Christ-Child.
. The One to be named Jesus!
. An angel had just given Mary this news,
. and also gave her the message
. that I was with child.
. Perhaps knowing this was to help her believe
. the things that were happening in her own life.
. I mean, if I was pregnant at MY age,
. then it be easier to believe that
. anything is possible with God!
. So when Mary suddenly arrived at my house,
. and I went to greet her,
. the baby in my womb –
. leaped for joy!
. My baby, who would be known
. as John the Baptist,
. who would go to the people
. to proclaim the arrival of our Messiah –
. leaped for joy while still in my womb!
. Right then and there,
. as the Holy Spirit filled me,
. I knew that our Messiah had come.
. THIS was the greatest joy of all!
. Knowing that Jesus, our Savior,
. had come to this earth to die for our sins,
. and rise again after three days,
. so that if we believe in Him,
. we will have everlasting life.
(ELIZABETH pauses again, thinking.)
ELIZ. You know, us women had only assumed 3
. that giving birth to the Messiah
. would be such a great honor.
. We never thought of the implications.
. But even though her life was not easy,
. Mary was indeed blessed among the women.
. Not that she was perfect. No! None of us are.
. That was why Jesus had to die for all of us
. in the first place.
. But Mary was humble and believed in God!
. So just as she was to be the mother of our Lord!-
. having God, Himself, inside her –
. was like – how it would soon be for us –
. for anyone –
. who would choose to humble themselves!
. For when we choose to be born again –
. God, the Holy Spirit - enters our heart and soul.
. All of us have the opportunity
. to have exactly that same blessing!
. To make Jesus our Lord and Savior –
. is to have God dwelling within us.
. This greatest joy can be anyone’s blessing.