Reflection: The God of Christmas
When the angel told Mary she’d be the mother of God’s king, the coming of the new age was announced. Mary then sang the first song of the new covenant (vv.46-55). Throughout 2000 years it’s probably been the most sung Christian song. And it’s all about God.
Mary understands that what God has done for her is a picture of what he has done for Israel. Indeed, it’s a picture of what God has done for the whole world.
God has “performed mighty deeds with his arm”. In Egypt he set his people free by awesome signs and wonders. On the cross, his power displayed in weakness, broke the powers of sin and death and Satan.
God has lifted up the humble. Christ ate with sinners and tax collectors. He called home the prodigal. He promised paradise to a dying thief. He fills repentant sinners with good things.
Over the past two weeks we’ve met the ‘people of Christmas’. Through them all, God was working all things together for our salvation. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer: Great God and Heavenly Father, I glorify your name because of your mercy to the weak and the undeserving. I honour you because you displayed your power and grace in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, my only Saviour and King. Amen.