Luke 1:46-48 ¶ And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant, for behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
Mary is one of the great women of God in the scriptures. She was great because of the greatness of her faith in her Son, not because of any inherit greatness in her. The story of Mary reminds us of the need of all mankind for salvation from sin. Contrary to what many have taught, Mary was also a sinner in need of a Savior. When she first realized the great plan that The Lord had for her, to give birth to the Son of God, her heart was filled with praise. Her first revelation was quite enlightening for us, she said her soul magnifies The Lord and her spirit rejoices in God her Savior. Did you catch that? Mary acknowledged her son as God and Savior. That is the beginning of our faith. We are not rejoicing in what God has done for us or our particular role in His plan. We, like Mary are rejoicing in God Himself. He is our portion and He has become our Savior. Martin Luther, a former Catholic monk, saw this. He had rejoiced in God his Savior as well. check out Luther’s thoughts on this verse.
“Mary had total confidence that God was her Savior, even though she couldn’t tell that this was true by seeing or feeling it. Mary was able to fully trust God because the Lord had placed this faith inside of her. Mary put things in the right order in this verse. First, she called God her Lord. Next, she called him her Savior. Then she proclaimed what God had done. By doing this, she teaches us to love and praise God for who he is. She shows us the right place to start. We shouldn’t begin our prayers by selfishly asking what God can do for us. Mary’s example teaches us to love and praise God for no other reason than his goodness. We should find joy and pleasure in who he is. This is an exalted, pure, and tender way of loving and praising God. It shows us Mary’s extraordinary and tender spirit.”
We can all learn a powerful lesson from Mary. She recognized the privilege it was for her to be a participant in God’s plan for the world. She actually carried God’s Son in her womb, nurtured Him as a baby, and raised Him as her son. For those of us who have been born again, we also carry God’s Son in our “bellies”. The Spirit of His Son has entered our hearts. As we yield to God’s plan, Christ is actually being formed in us. This is our joy and our portion. Christ in us. As we celebrate Christmas this year let’s join together with Mary’s Song, “My soul magnifies The Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”.