And Mary said:Luke 1:46-49 NIV
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
I love Mary’s response to Gabriel when he tells her about the child she will bear. She tells him “I am the Lord’s servant. May you word to me be fulfilled.” Essentially she says, “Let’s go for it.” In no way is that a grudging or resigned acceptance on Mary’s part. Shortly after this she goes to see Elizabeth and utters what has been labeled as Mary’s Magnificat. This is an exclamation of praise to God for what he is doing; and rejoicing that he is using her in that work.
There had to be some apprehension in Mary about all of this. After all, it’s not every day that an angel announces to a young girl that she is going to have a child, and that God is his Father. And getting pregnant as an unwed mother is that culture was punishable by death. The future for her and her child was very uncertain; at least from a human perspective. But, nonetheless, Mary rejoiced. What an exceptional young lady. And what an example for us today.
Celebrating the Incarnation
At Christmas we celebrate the incarnation of Jesus. And rightly so. But let’s not forget those like Mary who took part in that incarnation; gratefully being used by God, and considering themselves as blessed. And, this Christmas, let us join with Mary in rejoicing in God our Savior. Who has been mindful of our humble state. And who sent Jesus to deliver us from bondage to sin. He has done great things for me. Praise God!