Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mary's Longing for the Christmas Event

Luke 1:46-56
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

The earlier verses in this chapter show Mary welcoming Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. John is the yet to be born child who moves inside Elizabeth's womb when she hears Mary’s greeting. Elizabeth responds by praising Mary for her faith telling her, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Mary reacts to this response by singing a delightful song that many may know as the Magnificat, which is the Scripture that has already been recited. This song teaches us many things about Mary, but most important is that it teaches that she spoke of a Savior and that she rejoiced in Him. Young Mary would be the channel that God would use to bring the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

Mary knew intuitively, because of her great calling that was revealed to her earlier, that she would be used greatly of God. She was told by the angel Gabriel that she had found favor in the eyes of God, and she would conceive and give birth to a son and name Him Jesus. Gabriel went on to tell her that her son would be great and would be called the Son of the Most High. He would reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Indeed, he still resigns as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords today and will for eternity. He was God in the flesh.

Because of Jesus Christ, Christianity is separated from all other religions. You see you can have Confucianism without Confucius. You can have Islam without Muhammad. You can have Buddhism without Buddha. What sets Christianity apart from the other religions is that you cannot have Christianity without Jesus. The other religions falsely offer a way. Jesus said that he was the way. In Christianity, one enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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