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Luke 1:39-45, Mary Wanted a Better World

Key Verse

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.
— Luke 1:41a

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, December 23, 2018

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Christmas lights. Mary & Joseph

Main Idea: Mary spoke on behalf of a nation united in its anticipation of something better.

The people of Israel had once again become oppressed by a foreign government (Rome, this time). Once again, the people longed to be free. A young Mary received an unbelievable message – that the one to save her people was coming – in just nine short months! Anyone who has waited for a child knows the agony and simultaneous joy of waiting. And this wait would produce more than just a child (which is enough!). This wait would produce the beginning of a new world. Interesting that Mary, as young as she was, understood what was at stake. Her song celebrates this new world where the low are brought up and the lofty are brought down; where God’s promises will become reality for a weary nation.

Mary spoke on behalf of a nation united in its anticipation of something better. We are currently living in a world divided by political, religious, racial, and cultural differences. Tensions are building as we struggle to find common ground. Perhaps Christmas is a time we can set aside our differences and focus on the things that unite us – striving for a world with no poverty, injustice, and illness. That would be the world God intended, and the kingdom we create more and more every time we work toward those ideals.

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