December 18

 

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.   Luke 1:48-49

 

What’s the proper way to speak about Mary?  If you think about the words in this passage, they will teach you to say, “Blessed virgin, mother of God, you were unimportant and ignored by people.  However, because God is kind, he looked favorably on you and performed great things in you.  You didn’t deserve any of those things, and you never could have earned them.  Nevertheless, God’s rich and unlimited grace rested on you.  You were blessed the first moment you found such a God, and you will be blessed forever.”

To show Mary the proper respect, you must always think of her in relation to God – standing far beneath him.  Mary said that God looked favorably on her for being a humble servant.  Don’t think about al the honors people have heaped on Mary.  These people don’t see that they are drowning out Mary’s own words in this passage.  Their eloquent words make the mother of God sound like a liar and diminish God’s grace.  To the degree that they say she earned or deserved what God did for her, they lower the value of God’s grace and make the truths in this passage more difficult to understand.

You should marvel at God’s unlimited grace.  He generously and tenderly cared for, embraced, and blessed such a despised, insignificant person as Mary.  If you think about her in this light, you will be inspired to love and praise God for his abundant grace.  You will be encouraged to look for everything that is good from him alone.  From what happened to Mary, you can learn that God doesn’t reject humble, poor, insignificant people.  He tenderly cares for them.  This will strengthen your faith, love and hope.

 

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will

 

The Bondage of the Will, Luther’s exposition on the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, laid the groundwork for Reformation thought. It shows us a humbling view of ourselves while strengthening our faith in Christ.

 

The Ambassador Classics series brings the greatest classic works of Christian history into a single set. It includes unabridged works by Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Calvin, A. T. Pierson, John Owens, C. H. Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, J. C. Ryle, R. A. Torrey and many others. This series will continue to enrich and deepen your faith in Christ.

 

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