Lk.1:46,47 – And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…

The mystery of the virgin birth, the incarnation of Christ, is the greatest of all mysteries. Paul said great is the mystery of godliness, or the mystery of God becoming a man. It’s as if it took Paul beyond words (actually it did). How can you describe the infinite entering into finite or the creator entering creation ? Actually you can’t. This is the mystery that Mary was singing about in her famous song, the Magnificat. She had conceived in her womb the Son of God by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. She realized it wasn’t her greatness but it was simply God’s gracious pleasure that caused her to be chosen to carry the Christ in her womb. This mystery was something she pondered and sang about all of her life. Here is how Luther describes the beauty of this song.

“In order properly to understand this sacred hymn of praise, we need to bear in mind that the most blessed Virgin Mary is speaking out of her own experience, in which she was enlightened and instructed by the Holy Spirit. For no one can rightly understand God or His Word who has not received such understanding directly from the Holy Spirit. But no one can receive it from the Holy Spirit without experiencing, proving and feeling it. In such experience the Holy Spirit instructs us as in His own school, outside of which naught is learned save empty words and idle fables. When the Holy Virgin, then, experienced what great things God wrought in her, notwithstanding she was so poor, meek, despised, and of low degree, the Holy Spirit taught her this precious knowledge and wisdom, that God is a Lord whose work consists but in this — to exalt them of low degree, to put down the mighty from their seats, in short, to break whatever is whole and make whole whatever is broken.”

To begin to comprehend the mystery of the virgin birth you have to be born again. It is only through a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit that you will begin to enter into the rhythm of Mary’s song. It’s the song of redemption, it is the song of those set apart by the Lord, it is the new song of the Holy Spirit that brings us into the mysteries of God.

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