December 13, 2005

 

And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name…”

--Luke 1:46-49

 

Many people are confused about Christmas and the story it tells. Mary, in particular, is one of the most misunderstood persons in all of the Word of God. She is adored and even worshipped by some and ignored by others. There’s a great deal of confusion regarding her position.

 

In Luke 1:46-49, we see that while many of us misunderstand the message of Christmas, Mary got it straight. Why did Mary sing the song found in these verses? She sang and praised God for the same reasons that we ought to be singing at this time of the year and every day of our lives. She sang because of her salvation and because she was filled with the Holy Spirit. She cried out to “God my Savior” (Luke 1:47).

 

Mary is not to be worshipped as a god or even as an intermediary between man and God. She was a woman who needed to be saved just as we need to be saved. The Scripture does not say about Mary, “Blessed art thou above all women,” but instead it says, “Blessed are you among all women.”

 

Let me make this clear — the virgin birth of Jesus through Mary was absolutely essential to our faith. If Jesus had not been born of a virgin, then He would’ve been a man just like anyone else, and not God. And if He were not God, then we wouldn’t have a Savior. But great is the mystery of godliness — that God was manifested in the flesh. In the mystery of it, Mary conceived, overshadowed by the Spirit of God and gave us a virgin-born Messiah.

 

The pure blood of God coursed through the veins of Jesus. Mary sang because that supernatural experience prompted her. When the Spirit of God fills our lives in the same way it filled Mary’s, we will find it hard not to sing praises unto God.

 

THANK GOD FOR THE MESSIAH HE SENT TO EARTH AS A BABE, AND REJOICE IN JESUS CHRIST WHO SAVED US BY HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD SHED ON THE CROSS!