Mary's Message in Song
INTRODUCTION: Before the beginning of time--God, in His omniscience, knew that Adam and Eve--the centerpiece of His creation, would succumb to Satan and be lost in sin. God also knew that man would need a Savior--someone who would be willing to pay the price in order to redeem them...that Someone was Jesus. The Bible says in Gal 4:4-5, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
At just the right time--in the "fullness of time," God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, to a young girl--a virgin, named Mary.
In the midst of this exciting and blissful moment, Mary begins to sing. She sings one of the most beautiful songs in the Bible. It is often referred to as The Magnifcant which means literally, "the magnifying." Mary's song, however, is more than just a pretty psalm to be admired for its poetic value; it is rich with meaning. It is a message or sermon in song; and as she speaks to us, she also reveals much about herself. I have three things:
I. Mary's Grace
II. Mary's Humility
A. Mary was Favored
1. In vs. 28, it says, "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." The Catholic Church commonly mistranslates this verse when they say, "Hail Mary full of grace." The Greek literally translated is: "Grace, or Graced One!" We might say, "Hail Mary who has been given much grace." Mary is not the dispenser of grace, God is. Additionally, Mary needed God's grace as much as any other person. Notice, in vs. 47, she said, "My spirit hath rejoiced in God my SAVIOR."
2. Let me add a personal application to this thought concerning Mary's favor and God's grace. You and I, who are saved, have experienced God's favor. We, who have rece ...
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