“For the Mighty One has done great things for me… “(Luke 1.49)
Christmas is memory time, because we remember God ´s words “… I have indeed seen the misery of my people…” (Exodus 3.7). Yes, as in Egypt, Israel in the first-century, was anxiously awaiting the redemption of Israel, this is what it says Ana, woman of God who prayed, fasted and spoke to all “… who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem… “(Luke 2.38)
This visit is the fulfillment of prophecy as given to Isaiah: ” Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress….” (Isaiah 9.1a), and further: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9.2). The first memory that comes is that God sees their affliction, hear the cry of the heavens and come down in their favor. This is undoubtedly Christmas.
Thus, we can underline and remember that Christmas is a time to cry by the intervention of God, because He has already done this, and will do it again. What we need is commitment and diligence to appeal again. Cry out: Do it again, Lord, bless your church, and uses it to respond to the distress of the people around the world.
We want to be impacted as the people crossing the sea (ref. Exodus 14.22), or like the crowd when it was fed by Jesus (ref. Mark 6.30-44).
Yes, our God is Almighty, and He reigns over the land, over the nations and over the Church.
Mary’s song is a breath of hope and joy, result from the fact that the promises of God answered, doing justice to Mary and her people. His strong arm done great things. Here are some of them:
My soul magnifies the Lord!
Praise is a reflection of a soul touched, moved by God, thankful for God’s deeds. It is the recognition that God is sovereign, that He reigns. This Mary was saying, for the Lord has done great things.
In the rush life of today, there is a little insight into what God is doing, and this expresses a little hope that he can and will do. Most Christians are satisfied with what has already received and thanks God weekly and mechanically. Paul says in Ephesians 3.19: “… and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness.” All the fullness of God is certainly much more than we have received. Mary was effusive: “… My soul magnifies […] my spirit rejoices in God. “
God is seeking you for today, seek like Moses, Jeremiah and Mary, Christians who wish to have life in the Spirit, who have ambition to see God work powerfully, that are filled with the Spirit, and consecrated to God. God wants, yes, working wonders, as he did with Maria. Want to do the impossible of men, the God possible. Let us remember the words of the angel to Mary, “For no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1.37).
Bishop Lockmann has also recorded a video message for which can be viewed here