By: Ginger Shields, Director of Family Ministry
Today's scripture is the second part of Mary's Magnificat, the song of praise to God that she expressed while visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. In the first part of Mary's song, she praises God for the things He has done for her, a most humble and lowly servant. In this second part, she exalts God's greatness and the mercy that He shown to people in generations past and in generations to come. Many. Generations.
The words of Mary are prophetic. Have you ever considered the influence Jesus has had on so many generations? Our calendar is based on Jesus' birth; Jesus and his followers are the most frequent subjects for art in the world; the Bible is currently the world's best-selling and most widely distributed book; recent studies using complex algorithms and database analyses have shown that Jesus is currently the most significant historical figure of all time. Two-thousand years after his death, he is still making headlines. He is still influencing generations.
Can you imagine if Mary knew what we know now? It's expressed beautifully in these lyrics from the familiar Christmas song, Mary, Did You Know?
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM.
It's hard to come to grips with the majesty, power, mystery and magnitude of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. Let us worship God--all his holiness and mercy--as Mary did in response to being chosen as Jesus' mother.
Lord, we praise your holy name. Generation after generation, you love us and show mercy, even though we are undeserving. We thank you. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.