Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Magnificat

My kids drew these pictures to help me share a children's message at church on Sunday. So this first one is by Trevor. If you look past the stripes on her shirt you'll see a face. So this is Mary with baby Jesus in her belly. I asked Trev, "What are those blue things?" He said it was her arms.

Tamara drew these next two:

The rich queen is on top because from a worldly perspective she is the most important whereas the sad poor person is just a nobody. As I see it, the bottom picture represents anyone who is an underdog whether that be because of social exclusion, mental illness, addiction or lack of money.

But let me tell you about Mary. She's pregnant and she sings a song about how the coming of Jesus flips everything around. God pours love and compassion upon the sad poor person and she gets moved to the top:

Whenever we show love and compassion to someone who is downtrodden, we participate in the Kingdom of Jesus. It is the upside-down kingdom. It runs contrary to the way society tends to categorize people. All this is to say that, in Christ, the poor person is just as important as the so-called successful person.

Mary's Song reads as follows:

My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.

His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud
in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.
Luke 1:47-55

*Note - When Scripture speaks of fearing the Lord, it doesn't mean being frightened. It means reverence or honor.

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