Today’s Scripture: And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1:46-48

When it comes to Mary, people tend to go to one of two extremes: they either elevate her to a level equal with God, and magnify her so much that Jesus takes second place, or they fail to give her the credit she deserves.

Mary was an amazing woman. She was highly favored by God, she was a wonderful person, but by her own admission, she was a sinner in need of a Savior. Mary had great faith. She humbly accepted the task that God had set before her.

Mary also endured great pain – one of the hardest things for a parent is to see their child suffer, much less die on a cross for the sins of all mankind. As far as we know, she was the only person to see both the birth and death of Jesus.

Every moment we get a glimpse of Mary, we are pointed to Jesus: her song, her encounter with Jesus in the temple, her intervention at the wedding at Cana and her standing at the cross all lead us back to Jesus’ mission and our salvation through Him.

Mary was highly favored. We can also be highly favored – when we point others to Jesus.

Noel – Shout for joy because Jesus has come!

Devotional by Jim Scudder