Monday, December 17, 2018

Advent Words: R is for Rejoice

R is for Rejoice

“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."
Luke 1:46-50

Mary's story in the Bible, found in Luke 1:26-38, is the Christmas story. Yet is is also an example of a woman who rejoices in the Lord. We get the impression that, even before an angel of the Lord appears to tell her she will give birth to the Messiah, that Mary's was a faith-full life of rejoicing in the Lord. The angel's first words to her are that she is highly favored by God. She is chosen for this great task because of her highly favored status. To receive such a great compliment and responsibility, she must have had a great faith. We see this great faith displayed in Mary's response to the angel:
"I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said."

Out of her great faith in God, the great favor He has expressed to her, and this great privilege and responsibility He has bestowed on her, Mary rejoices. Her song in Luke 1:46-50, expresses her joy through praising God.
“My soul glorifies the Lord
    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior"

We rejoice in the gift of our Savior as we journey through the Advent season to Christmas. We rejoice in the many gifts God has given us through His Son - the greatest gift!

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

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