Luke 1:44-56 "The Magnificat: Sermon 2"
Christmas is not an exhortation to busy ourselves, but an exhortation to love and worship the Son of God. When God's proclamation of Jesus' advent was given to Mary in Luke 1:44-56, her response reflects God's intent to remove our pride, demolish faith in our own self-centered efforts, and uproot materialistic idolatry from our hearts. When we respond to him with a posture of Christ-centered worship, he promises to instead fill us with Christ's righteousness. The true message of Christmas is to receive the completed work of Christ as sufficient payment for our sins. His will is for you to come and be saved, filled, and satisfied.
Luke 1:44-56English Standard Version (ESV)
For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be[a] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat
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; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.