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 even as he said to our fathers”  (Luke 1:46-55 NIV). 

This beautiful song of praise recorded in Luke's gospel gives us insight into the thinking of a spiritually mature young girl, who God in His Sovereignty chose to bear the humanity of Christ.  What a unique privilege would be hers to bring Messiah into the world, uniquely conceived not by man, but by the spoken word of God the Holy Spirit.  In contrast to her essence which possessed a sin nature because of the normal process of procreation, this child being conceived without a human father could be born without a sin nature.  Her child would be true humanity, but impeccable, free from Adam’s original sin. Thus the Savior could come into the world and offer Himself a guilt offering for the sins of men.  

Isaiah records the Heavenly Father’s regard for the work of Christ on the Cross … “It was my will that he should suffer; his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness” (Isa 53:10 TEV). No doubt Mary and perhaps her parents had observed the Passover and other feasts annually offering the sacrifices that spoke of forgiveness of sin and fellowship and restoration to fellowship.  She was well aware that the hope of every Jewish woman was to be the bearer of messiah. 

Even before the Jewish race was formed, women who had placed their faith in the coming Savior longed to be the one through which God’s promise given to Eve in the Garden would be fulfilled …  “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed” (Gen 3:15 NKJV). 

God’s perfect timing had arrived and Mary would hear the angel say … “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28b NIV). “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”  "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:30-35 NIV). 

Having a soul saturated with God’s word, Mary would praise her God and Savior with this Magnificat. Indeed she would be blessed among women, for God had chosen her to bring Messiah into the world. She was blessed and there would times of great joy, but as with all mothers, she would experience the pain and heartache that comes with childbearing and raising children.  At least six siblings would be born out of the marriage of Mary and Joseph  (Mt 13:55).  But for now, she magnifies her Lord, humbled to have found favor in His sight for …”unto to us a child is born, a son is given” (Isa 9:6a KJV).   

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