Two thousand years have not dimmed the luster of this glorious chapter nor cast any shadow over the hard historical facts related therein, facts which have been etched into the conscience of all mankind and which are indelibly written into the pages of the world’s authentic records.
The account here was written by a brilliant physician, scientist and literary genius, following years of patient and thorough research, and who had the incomparable opportunity of examining all of the sources, written and oral, that had any bearing on the events narrated.
If men would know what really happened at that pivotal point in history which would split all time into the two segments called B.C. and A.D., then let them read it here. This is what happened!
Verses 46-48 is the first of four divisions of the MAGNIFICAT. It details the joy, reverence, and gratitude of a person, counted by the world as lowly, and who refers to herself as a slave. It utters praise to God for what he has done for her.
The privilege which came to Mary dominates the thought. The prophecy that all generations should call her “blessed” was a true one, and it shows that she fully realized the world-shaking import of what God was doing through her.
Verses 49-50 extol the power, the holiness, and the mercy of God, three of the great attributes of the Almighty. The words seem to reach a climax with reference to God’s mercy.
A particular aspect of that mercy was seen, and perhaps had already been realized by Mary, in the patient and understanding love of the incomparable Joseph who dared the scorn of all the world to maintain his patient place at the side of his beloved Mary.
This was mentioned by Matthew who recorded the story from the standpoint of Joseph; and, although Luke does not mention Joseph, approaching the narrative from another standpoint, the thought of Joseph surfaces in this song.
Verses 51-53 of this gracious hymn are the “dynamite” of the Christian religion which has wrought in the world a triple revolution:
- He scatters the proud…
- This is a MORAL REVOLUTION.
- He cast down the mighty; he exalts the humble.
- This is a SOCIAL REVOLUTION.
- He has filled those who are hungry … those who are rich he hath sent empty away.
- This is an ECONOMIC REVOLUTION.
Thus, there is in this beautiful song a prophetic discerning of the immense consequences of the religion of Christ upon the earth.
Verses 54-55 of the first division of this matchless hymn, there was a stanza regarding the blessing and privilege that had come to Mary herself; in the second there was uttered a praise of the power, holiness, and mercy of God; in the third, there was prophesied the world consequences of the faith of Jesus Christ.
It may well be believed that the young girl who spoke these immortal lines in reality did not possess any complete knowledge of all their total meaning, any more than the other prophets before her (1 Peter 1:10-12); but it was given her to speak this hymn, even as it was given her to bear the flesh of the Son of the Most High!