Two Miracle Mothers
Let’s take a fresh look at the lives of two exceptional women used by God. Luke
introduces them to us by sharing their two separate, miraculous conception narratives that launched the New Testament and the gospel era (Luke 1:5-57).
First, we meet Elizabeth, perhaps in her 70s, who lives in the hill country of Judah, not far from Jerusalem. She has never had children, and is well beyond childbearing years. Yet with her husband, the priest Zacharias, she miraculously conceives and carries in her womb the baby who would become John the Baptist.
Second, we see the girl Mary, most likely a teenager, who lives in Nazareth. She is engaged to …