Joy

All is Calm, All is Bright | Week 4 | Dec 19 Speaker Julian Stock

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 

God is accomplishing His greatest act of saving power in all of history that confounds and messes with our ideas of strength and weakness. 

GOD’S REDEEMING PURPOSES IN CHRIST (Luke 1:50-53, ESV) 

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,

Mary is singing this song about the Christ-child who, when he breaks into history, is going to crush the skull of the serpent, and is going to the redeeming work that his Father is sending him to do.

“Christmas is not a reminder that the world is really quite a nice old place. It reminds us that the world is a shockingly bad old place, where wickedness flourishes unchecked, where children are murdered, where civilized countries make a lot of money by selling weapons to uncivilized ones so they can blow each other apart. Christmas is God lighting a candle, and you don't light a candle in a room that's already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that's so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are. The light shines in the darkness, says St. John, and the darkness has not overcome it.” 

GOD’S COVENANT PROMISES THROUGH CHRIST (Luke 1:54-55, ESV) 

III. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”