(Reprinted from A Word in Season, Vol. 4 [Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2012], 139.)
There was a time in the modern era when it was illegal in much of Europe for churches to include Mary’s Magnificat, Luke 1:46–55, in church services. The monarchs of Europe regarded it as subversive. In this song, Mary declares that the birth of her Son means the overturning of the powers of this world. God declares war through His Son against the mighty rulers and peoples of a fallen creation, through Jesus Christ to all who fear Him, and who hunger and thirst after God’s righteousness. The Magnificat is thus both a declaration of war and of peace.
We therefore who are the redeemed of Christ need to rejoice with Mary, declaring, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
The birth of our Lord is bad news for the mighty ones of a fallen and apostate world. It is the reminder of God’s unceasing warfare against all sin and evil, and the certainty of His victory.
For us, Christ’s birth is the assurance of salvation and victory, the certainty that our Lord is on the throne. He rules the universe, and He is making all things work together for good for us in Him.
Make Mary’s song yours also. It is the song of victory.