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A Sermon on Luke 1:46-55

Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat

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.” (ESV)

Is Christmas really that important? Does the story of Christ's birth really matter? In this sermon by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, listeners are reminded of the true significance of Christmas. Christmas is not simply to warm our hearts, nor only to produce a cheerful attitude; Christmas is a time in which believers in Jesus Christ must magnify the Lord our God. Through an explanation of "The Magnificat" in Luke 1:46-55, Dr. Lloyd-Jones aids listeners with a rich and theologically profound explanation of Mary's song of praise upon learning she is pregnant with Jesus. One of the first points The Doctor emphasizes is Mary's heart in forgetting herself and praising the Lord. She is humbled and grateful that the Lord would choose her to bear the Savior of the world. She is able to praise God so thoroughly because her praise is based on understanding, not simply emotion. Since she is able to understand a portion of God's glory, her emotions correspond and she praises God. She praises God's power, without which not a soul on this earth would be saved. She praises His holiness, without which He would not be worthy of praise. She praises his mercy, without which everyone would be doomed. In God's precious mercy, he chose Mary to bear Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Listen in as Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us worship God better.