Morning Devotion: Read Luke 1 – Christmas Story

Luke 1:26  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

What is this favour that Mary found in the eyes of God?

That word  favour is the word grace. Mary found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The word grace is used as grace 130 times in the N.T. it is used only 6 times as the word favour, it is used 8 times as the word thanks and two times as the word pleasure.

Here the word is used as favour; Mary found favour in the eyes of God.

Just before God destroyed the earth through the flood there was another who found grace with God.

Genesis 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Paul was given that grace, that favour of God. Ephesians 3:8  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

You can have that same grace. Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Every person who has ever turned to Jesus Christ as their Saviour finds the grace of God.

Romans 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Why do many people believe that Mary has a special grace, an elevated grace?

Luke 1:46  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. 49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

As we look at the words, we will find several things.

1.       Mary, after hearing she was to be the mother of Jesus, she rejoiced in God her Saviour. Mary needed a saviour just like the rest of us. “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” You do not need a saviour unless you are a sinner. Mary knew she was a sinner in need of salvation.

2.       Mary said she was of low estate, meaning she knew she was a sinner. “For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:”

The phrase “low estate” in the Greek means spiritual abasement, leading one to perceive and lament his (moral) littleness and guilt.

She knew, in her heart, that she was of low estate and needed to be saved.

Yes, she is called highly favoured because she was the mother of Jesus, praise God. That does not mean she is a goddess and one goes to her for salvation. Some believe that you need to pray to Mary so she can talk to Jesus and Jesus will save you. That is nowhere in the bible. They get that from John chapter 2 where Mary asked Jesus to make more grape juice for the wedding. As a result, there is this whole doctrine that one goes to Mary because she commands God.

This is wrong for Mary was never immaculately conceived, she was a sinner just like you and I. She admitted it herself.  

Luke 1:46  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. 49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

Nowhere in the bible are we command to go to Mary for prayer, for salvation or for anything. Mary did not die on the cross, Jesus did. Mary did not ascend into heaven, Jesus did. Mary is not at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for you, Jesus is.

The religion of Mariolatry will not save you. That is a teaching of a false church and of hell. No human being can save you, only Jesu can.

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Acts 16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Mary died just like you will die. She trusted in God her saviour like you need too.  

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook