Read Luke 1:51-55. TEXT: (Mary said) "He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate" (Luke 1:52).
Mary continues her song of praise to God. She points out something her Son Jesus will frequently speak about in His ministry: God humbles those who exalt themselves, and He raises up those who bow themselves low.
Many people are proud of themselves and their accomplishments. They brag and puff themselves up, always trying to impress people. They think God is the same way. But God is completely different.
He gives His Law to make us honest with ourselves, to humble us with the realization that we fail to live the lives He demands of His creatures. None of us can stand in confidence before God. It is the purpose of His Law to break our hearts, and put us on our knees.
But that isn't where God wants to leave us. The good news of Christmas is that in His love our Heavenly Father sent His dear Son Jesus Christ to lift us to our feet. Jesus forgives our sins and takes the punishment for our disobedience upon Himself.
Mary's wonderful song of God's goodness and salvation has been picked up by the church and incorporated into its order of worship or liturgy for centuries. You may well sing it during midweek Advent services.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for humbling our pride through Your Law so that You may lift us up by Your grace in Jesus Christ, Your Son. Open my heart to the wonder of Your mercy shown so clearly as You sent Your Son Jesus to be one of us. In His Name. Amen.
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