Summary: Humility, God's Greatness, Surrender

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December 3, 2017

Luke 1:46-56 (p. 715)

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If you do a Google search for Christmas songs you’ll pull up around 55 million websites. But if you refine the search you can look under Keywords “Songs of Christmas” and narrow it down to 137,000. The list includes “All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” Frosty the Snowman,” Handles “Messiah,” “Ava Maria,” “O Holy Night”…and everything in between.

Some of these Christmas songs are stupid and silly…they make us laugh…others look at Christmas through the eyes of a jolly old Elf and his reindeer…some of these songs turn our hearts from self centeredness to God-centeredness , they provide hope, joy, peace, and love…

But my favorite Christmas hymn is “Silent Night.” They all touch my heart, but when we sing…

“Silent Night…Holy Night…All is calm, all is bright…Round yon virgin, mother and child, Holy Infant so tender and mild…Sleep in heavenly peace…sleep in heavenly peace.”

I love that feeling that for a small powerful moment I feel transported back to that stable…that Holy night…the night Jesus, our Savior was born.

As we prepare to celebrate that birth once again I thought about the songs of Christmas in the bible…and how could we start at any other place than “The Song of Mary.”

God has sent Gabriel the angel to Nazareth...His mission, to visit a young girl named Mary, she’s engaged to marry a man named Joseph…both are descendants of King David. The Angel tells Mary “The Lord is with you” and the greeting alarms her…as she wonders what God has in store for her (should make us consider what it means for the Lord to be with us, huh?)

We all know the message: “You will be with child and give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus.”

And Mary’s response is predictable…“How Can this be….I’m a Virgin?”

Gabriel’s answer…“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High will overshadow you…So the Holy one born to you will be called the Son of God.” And then folk’s, God does something He often does….In our time of greatest faith…he gives us another person to share the journey with…He never makes us go through it alone…

“Even Elizabeth, your relative is going to have a child in her old age….she’s already 6 months along…For nothing is impossible with God.” Mary’s response to all this…“I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” Mary then heads to Elizabeth’s home…listen to what happens…

LUKE 1:39-45 (p. 715)

Two women…one old and one young…both sharing the same journey, and both being empowered by God’s Holy Spirit….

Mary, a virgin, is with child because God’s Spirit has planted His seed in her womb…and Elizabeth, a barren woman has been enabled by God to have a child with Zachariah…long after they’d both given up…Impossible…“Nothing is impossible with God.”

It’s that same Holy Spirit that causes Elizabeth to shout…(as her baby jumps in her womb) “Mary, blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear!”

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