Mary Visits Zechariah and Elizabeth in the Hill Country of Judea (Luke 1:39-55)

Dr. Andrew Jackson

Finding herself pregnant, Mary immediately got ready and hurried to visit Zechariah and Elizabeth in a town in the hill country of Judea. When Mary arrived, she rushed into the house and greeted Elizabeth with joy. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Overflowing with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth declared in a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the son in your womb! Why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord has come to visit me? As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. Blessed are you for believing that the Lord would fulfill his promises!”

Then, overcome with wonder, Mary began to rejoice, “My soul magnifies the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has seen the humble heart of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name! His mercy goes out to all who fear him, from generation to generation. He has done mighty acts with his mighty arm. He has scattered those who are proud in their hearts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home to Nazareth.