Mary had towering faith in the power, provision, and promise of Almighty God. This was a time to rejoice and sing praise.
Mary received Gabriel’s message with humble, willing faith in God, and indeed, she was among the first to see God in the flesh.
How often must Mary have sung her Magnificat to her tiny son, as His lullaby? How often did she remind Him of Who His Father truly was, and Who He truly was? Now as a grown man, the Lord fulfilled the destiny His mother had lovingly and faithfully raised Him up in.
You are the Light of the World, the Life that is the Light of all people. Your Light shines in darkness and the darkness cannot grasp You, nor overcome You (John 1:4-5)
. Strengthen our inner being with the power of Your Spirit that Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith. Ground us in love, fill us with Your fullness.
Your promises are trustworthy and Your faithfulness is forever. Keep our hearts steadfast in the confidence that You will indeed rescue Your people.
Zechariah’s prophesy of salvation foreshadowed Jesus’s proclamation on the temple steps, “Let anyone who believes in me drink … out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”
Hannah knew from personal experience that God guarded the faithful. And she had lived through times of war when the enemies of God and God’s people “perished in darkness.”
You are the Light of the World, the Life that is the Light of all people, Light that shines in darkness and the darkness cannot grasp You, nor overcome You (John 1:4-5).
Zechariah praised God for remembering this ancient covenant in a fresh way, for now the true Lion of Judah was about to be born.