An unborn child hasn’t been educated in the ways of the world. It does not know human language, nor has the unborn child yet learned to judge the world according to the rules of knowing good and evil. All the child knows is the heartbeat of its mother, the warmth and comfort of her womb, and the intimate sound of her voice. So what can an unborn child really know?
Apparently, more than the knowledgable religious apparatus that crucified our Lord.
Leaping For Joy
The other day, a dear friend was speaking to me about a passage of scripture that has often perplexed me. When Mary (the mother of Jesus) was pregnant, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was also expecting a child. While it was common knowledge that Elizabeth was pregnant, it was not common knowledge that Mary (an unmarried virgin) was also pregnant. As soon as Mary arrived, however, Elizabeth knew the mystery that Mary was carrying inside of her. The Spirit of God revealed this secret to Elizabeth through the joy of her unborn baby!
“Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (Luke 1:39-45, NASB)
Wow, can you believe that? Elizabeth’s unborn baby (John the Baptist) who’s sole purpose in life was to make much of Christ, innately recognized Him from the womb. He was leaping in joy simply coming into the vicinity of Jesus before he could understand the reasons why. Elizabeth was experiencing an internal dance party, so to speak. His recognition of love personified (Christ) was certainly not rational or logical as John the baptist was at his most uneducated point in life.
Has this ever happened to you?
Have you walked into a room and noticed someone because your spirit was leaping for joy inside of you even though you weren’t sure why ?
Like Elizabeth, did your awareness of this life inside of you leaping for joy lead you into a revelation of a mystery about your Lord?
Trusting Your Spiritual Instincts
When I read the gospels, I see something that is quite clear. Those who knew and loved Jesus seemed to innately know Him in a way that transcended reason or logic. They could see Him because their inner being was affected by their crossing paths with Him. Because Christ has made His dwelling within us, we are reliving His life on the earth today.
Some of the most life giving relationships that I presently have began this same way.
The first time I interacted with them, I could see them. It was as if I knew them and had insight about them even before I knew information about them.
There was a look in their eye.
My spirit leaped with joy within me.
It was love at first insight.
Relationships that have begun this way for me have lasted the test of time thus far. Make no mistake about it, however, these kinds of relationships are surrounded in spiritual warfare. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Brothers and sisters, who do you know in this manner? These are the relationships that reveal Christ, shine light in the darkness, rise above accusation, and silence our adversary.
These are the relationships that give Jesus Christ a dwelling place to rest His head.
These are the relationships that bring accusation from the Sanhedrin.
These are the relationships that bring conviction and crucifixion from Pilot.
But these are also the relationships that express the resurrection power of love to the powers and principalities in the heavenly realms.
Brothers and sisters, don’t let these relationships go. They’re all we truly have in this life. Trust your spiritual instincts about them, even when the logic and accusation of this world comes against them. Remember them.
“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” (John 1:47-48, NASB, emphasis mine)