Summary: This sermon looks at the angel’s visit to Mary and lessons we can learn from Mary’s response.
AM sermon preached at Central Christian Church December 11, 2005
Touched By An Angel sermon series #1 “Mary, I Guess You Did Know…”
What do you think of when you first hear the word angel? [ANGEL SLIDE 1] Do you think of a heavenly being with large feathery wings sitting around on a cloud playing a harp or flute? [ANGEL SLIDE 2] Do you think of the bumbling lovable Clarence Oddbody from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life with his AS2 ranking and hopes to get his wings? [ANGEL SLIDE 3] Do you think of a guardian angel keeping watch over a child? [ANGEL SLIDE 4] Do you think of cute chubby gentle looking at times almost naked baby cherubs or [ANGEL SLIDE 5] do you think of menacing awesome sword bearing powerful creatures? About that video clip we watched ---I can honestly say that while I like the biblical accuracy of it--- I had never before thought of the possibility of that angels might have a fro thing going on. The hair on that angel in the clip was something else, wasn’t it?
[SERMON SERIES SLIDE….NOTE---IT WILL MOVE AHEAD AUTOMATICALLY TO TITLE SLIDE]
Today I’m beginning a Christmas sermon series called touched by and angel. And I want you to know upfront that the focus of this series is not going to be on angels. Sure I’ll be talking a little about them and you may learn something new about them along the way---but as we journey together through some of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and as we look at some of the people involved in those things--- my intention will be to keep Jesus at the center of things.
If you listen to Christmas music on the radio then you’ve probably heard the song titled “Mary did you know?” And I guess in light of the fact Mary had an angel announce to her that her child would be the Son of the Most High we’d have to say---Mary I guess you did know…
Instead of rereading the scripture passage which was narrated on the video we watched, I want us to pick up Mary’s story where the video left off. The Bible tells us that after the angel left Mary, she went to pay Elizabeth a visit. Here’s what we read in Luke chapter one beginning at verse 39
39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,