Christmas As Seen Through The Eyes Of…Mary
A man went to see his doctor in an acute state of anxiety. He said, "Doctor, you have to help me. I'm dying. Everywhere I touch it hurts. I touch my head and it hurts. I touch my leg and it hurts. I touch my stomach and it hurts. I touch my chest and it hurts. You have to help me, doc. Everything hurts."
The doctor gave him a complete examination, and he said, "Mr. Smith, I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that you're not dying. The bad news is that you have a broken finger."
It is interesting how the same event can have both good and bad news to it. I'm reminded of the book, "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens. In the beginning of that classic book, Dickens declares, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."
This could have been said of the times when Jesus was born. When Jesus was born Judea was a vassal state of Rome. Augustus Caesar was emperor and gave watch over Herod who acted as king. During this time, people scrambled to make a living. Poverty was all about and sickness was common. Justice, however, was not common. And to make it all worse, the prophets were silent. For 400 years the question had been asked, "Where is the Messiah?" For many it was the worst of times.
However, there were some religious star gazers in Persia who saw it differently. They had observed an unusual star - brilliant in every way. For them it was an omen, a good omen, signifying the birth of a world leader. It was the best of times.
In fact, I think Mary would agree with that. It was a time of unprecedented joy for Mary. And this morning I want us to look at Christmas through the eyes of Mary.
In fact, in our text we have what has been called "Mary's Magnificat" or "The Song of Mary."
One of my all-time favorite movies is "The Sound of Music." I love the way it starts with Julie Andrews standing on a beautiful ...
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