Mary’s story is your story. By yourself, of humble estate. With Jesus, of blessed estate. By yourself, weak. With Jesus, strong. By yourself, hungry. With Jesus, filled with good things. By yourself, condemned by your sin. With Jesus, saved by his mercy.
Mary was a lowly virgin. Since purity before marriage is so rare in our day, we hear the word virgin and think of something admirable. In Jesus’ day, they heard the word and simply thought of one who was not yet married and bearing children. To call someone a virgin was not so much saying something about one’s purity as much as it was to simply speak of their life situation. To say that a woman wanted to lose their virginity in Jesus day was not to speak ill of them. It was to say that they wished to marry and be about the business of family and children. To be a virgin was in and of itself a humble estate.
God beheld Mary’s estate and turned her lack into plenty. He gave her not only a child but the child, the one promised as soon as sin entered into the world. The one who would crush the head of the evil one and make all things new. Yes this virgin would now be called mother. And not just a mother. But the mother. The mother of the promised one. The mother of Jesus. The mother of God.
He gave her such a gift that now we and all generations uniformly confess her as blessed. We take Elizabeth’s confession as our own. Of Mary we confess, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
Mary was not really anything to talk about. Then God placed Jesus inside of her. And that made her blessed. It made her worthy of eternal conversation. It made her holy and able to magnify the Lord.
You too are really nothing to talk about in and of yourself. And if that statement bothers you, know this. God scatters the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He brings down the mighty from their thrones. He sends the rich empty away. So if you want to claim something of your own, prepare to be scattered, prepare to be brought low, prepare to be sent away.
But if you confess your sins, God is faithful and will forgive your sin. He will place Jesus inside of you. Today he does it through this word He does it each time you open you mouth to receive his supper. He did it first at your baptism. And when he does this, you too are blessed and your mouth is opened to magnify the Lord. Your spirit rejoices in God your Savior.
Mary’s story is your story. By Yourself of humble estate. With Jesus of blessed estate. By Yourself weak. With Jesus strong. By Yourself hungry. With Jesus filled with good things. By yourself condemned by your sin. With Jesus, saved by his mercy. Amen.