Hope is Here! - Wk 1
Topic: Christmas Scripture: Luke 1:26–56
Mary Magnifies God for the Hope of the World that is Coming in Jesus
I. Mary’s Reflection for Her Praise (v.46-50)
(A)Mercy Toward Her (v.46-48)
Mary magnifies her Lord and Savior! This is personal not just some theological expression. Mary herself is not free from sin, but is in need of a Savior.
Mary magnifies God because ‘he has looked on’ meaning chosen her to bear the Messiah
Mary magnifies God because she is God’s servant – willing to do whatever. Mary is aware that God has given her a special place by having her give birth to the Messiah (v.48b).
(B) Mercy Toward Others (v.50)
God shows mercy to those who fear him! Mary is a God-fearer who has acknowledged God in his high and holy position.
God’s favor is specifically directed to those who fear God. Fearing God is a description of those who acknowledge God’s position and authority (like Mary). It is those who love God and keep his commandments and follow his ways. It is reverent, humble obedience that seeks to please God.
II. Mary’s Revelation for Her Praise (v.51-55)
(A) His Character
Lord – v.46
Savior – v.47
Mighty – v.49
Holy – v.49b
Merciful – v.50
(B)His Acts v.51-55
Shown Strength with His arm, Scatters the Proud
Brings down the mighty, Exalts the humble
Fills the Hungry, Sends Away the Rich Empty
v.55 – “He has helped his servant Israel in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
(C) His Covenant Keeping
Covenant Promise to Abraham was before the Law!
“Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”