Sermon Outline for Luke 1:39-56. Theme: Christ’s coming supremely exemplifies God’s regard for His lowly people.
1. Virgin Mary ________ what Christ’s coming meant for her.
A. Hallelujah! God regards me, graciously does great things for me, 46b-49
B. When Elizabeth confirmed God’s Word to Mary, she testified her experience of His grace.
2. Virgin Mary ___________ what Christ’s coming meant for all God’s humble servants.
A. Mary sees herself as a representative of them, v. 50.
B. Mary sings of that Champion God will send those who revere Him.
Questions for Study
Mary clearly took Gabriel’s reference (v. 36) to her cousin Elizabeth as a hint to visit her, as seen in v. 39. Read slowly over vv. 40-45 taking time to picture what transpired. What might be going through Mary’s mind as Elizabeth prophesied to her?
Mary’s song, vv. 46-55, is called the Magnificat (from the first few words in the Latin translation Magnificat anima mea Dominum…). How is her song a recounting of holy history? Give examples from Israel’s history which illustrate the general principles she testifies. E.g., v. 52, think of Haman & Mordecai as found in the Book of Esther.
How is her song prophetic of things to come? Give examples.
How is Good Friday & Black Saturday’s events a seeming contradiction of her testimony? How in reality are these events a fulfillment of her testimony?
Mary moves quickly from testifying how God has blessed her to His blessing on His people/His Church. How is that so different from many evangelicals’ testimonies today? Certain testimonial songs & hymns?
How does her song take up a theme Jesus would later assert (Lk. 14:11; 18:14; Matthew 18:1-4, etc.)?
How do those in Hell experience the truth of her song?
How do those in Heaven experience the truth of her song?
Would you use Mary’s song to comfort a hurting Christian? How?