23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
Elizabeth was excited because God had removed her disgrace from among the people. It’d be great not to be a disgrace among people, but even better than that is the fact that we aren’t a disgrace before God. All of the times we love ourselves more than we love God and others is called sin.
Sin is offenisve to God; repulsive in his sight. We have fallen from a state of grace to disgrace. But God has removed our disgrace. How can we be sure? Christmas. On Christmas, Jesus was born. He was born with one purpose and that was to remove our disgrace from us. How did he do it? By becoming the disgrace for us. He took our place taking credit for all of our sins. He died to remove all of our guilt.
It is because of Jesus that you have a good standing with God. God now looks at you and says, “Ah, you’re the missing piece to my family.” Praise God that he has given us such a standing in his sight.