Today is a look at the Magnificat found in Luke 1:46-55. The Magnificat is called Mary's for good reason. An angel has just paid a visit to tell Mary that she has been chosen to carry God's own son.
Although she came from a family of deep faith
(Elizabeth’s cousin) there was nothing to indicate that she had been set apart
for a special reason. Mary was of marriageable age and betrothed to a man who
would be her husband. She was likely involved in the pre-wedding customs of the
Yet, she willingly put it all aside when God
called her to carry his child. One wonders if she gave a thought to the social
stigma and possible ramifications that would come about because of her
Would she be ostracized?
Would Joseph still marry her?
If not, then how would she support herself and her baby?
Up until this moment, Mary had been an ordinary
person, just an everyday girl-next-door type of person. She could never have
envisioned the turn that her life would take. Who could blame her if she asked
for time to think it over.
She didn’t blink an eye. Instead, she said yes.
Life as she knew it, life as the world knew it, was changed in an instant.
Without hesitation she put her trust in God. Not
only did she put her trust in Him, but she began to praise him.
The way would be difficult. People would
ostracize her and some would try to kill her because of the unborn baby. No one
would make room for her on the night of Jesus’ birth.
Yet from the first moment her spirit rejoiced.
She thanked God for looking on the humble estate of his servant and places her trust in God. Indeed, Mary
and Joseph were was so poor that they only had swaddling clothes to wrap the
She had faith that God’s mercy would flow for
generations and that his strength would be shown.
Her song bears a foreshadowing of events that
are to come. Events that will take place in the distant future of when her
unborn baby would reach full adulthood.
Jesus was born to show his strength and his
goodness, to pave the way for us to escape the wages of sin and of death.
He came not to topple a kingdom with military
might but to establish a heavenly kingdom so that all who know him might come
in and sit at his table.
Did she know all of this when she sang her song
of praise? Probably not. Could she have guessed? We won't know until we get to Heaven and can ask her.
What we do know is despite everything, she
trusted God and found the courage to praise Him.
When we are faced with uncertainty, can we find
a way to praise and trust Him too?