The Song of Mary
And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house. (Luke 1:46-56)
The song of Mary (known as the Magnificat) is full of revelation, joy, and worship of God. It also reveals just how much insight this young mother had been given by God into the child she was bearing in her womb. The song seems to be a response to her heavily pregnant cousin Elizabeth’s blessing over her and the child as they met in her home. All coming as they were filled by the Holy Spirit as the babe, John the Baptist, leapt in her womb.
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:41-43)
Such astonishing words. Without any great insight of the Gabriel’s interactions with Mary, Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit says, ‘but why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?’. There, in that moment, God and Lord declared, and while still in the womb, He is worshipped…because He is already Lord. Mary amplifies this declaration with a song that reveals much about what the Lord has done and will do…even putting down mighty thrones.
For revealed to them was the revelation that through this Child the great promises of victory, justice, and restoration by God would be brought to pass…and these come as this Jesus does not just grow up to be a servant King of sacrifice, but also the King of kings, who is the captain of the Lord’s army, and indeed the Lord.
Christ on a White Horse
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.
So at the news of His arrival on earth as Immanuel, God was already sowing the seed of what will come to pass in the near and distant future. Is it any wonder this was done given the cross of Calvary laid before them. For the Lord provided assurance in their very being, perhaps deeper than even the children in their wombs, that His victory will come and be complete. Perhaps they were calling on this later as they looked upon the body of Christ on that cross. This is not the end, just the beginning, for He defeats the thrones of kings, and evil himself.
So it seems good for us to also remember this now, and to call in these promises, reassuring our souls that the Lord’s work on earth is not complete. He surely comes on His white horse, the captain of the Lord’s army, and will complete that which He begun. All the nations and people, thrones, and kingdoms that rage against Him and His servants, will be put down. The poor and humble will be lifted up, while the prideful and greedy will be cast down. The lonely and lost will be placed in family, and filled the hungry with good things. In His mercy He will help His servant Israel, and together with all those found in Christ, they will reign with Him.
Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit afresh, and He renew our revelation of Christ, and our faith in Him. Out of this overflow of the Spirit may we also be used as lamps of hope for those around us. He is the answer to our needs now, and for our eternal journey. He comes, now, and in the last day.