The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)
Advent (from the Latin Adventus, meaning coming or arrival) for most Christians it is a special time that is set apart to focus on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year and ends on, December 24th.
As we focus on this Christmas season, one of the text I love to read is Luke 1:46-55. I encourage you to take some time to read the entire chapter give extra attention to Mary’s song.
Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat
46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. What I love about this passage is that this is how Mary responded to the news from the angel.
My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Upon hearing that the Messiah was coming and that He would come by a divine birth, though her, Mary was humble, grateful and thankful.
She looked forward, her hope was to become a reality and there was no doubt that God would do just what He said He would do. God was going to come into our world and He was going to save us from our sins.
He was going to make a way, and He would do it once and for all. As we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ and we walk though this advent season, do our souls magnify the Lord? Are we humbled that the God of all of creation has regard on our humble estate?