SUNDAY, MAY 5
Scripture: Luke 1:46-52
In Luke 1:46-52, we read the account of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth and immediately she began to prophesy. This passage says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.” Mary declared the dominion of God in her pregnancy in Luke 1:51 where she said, He has shown kratos – strength with His Arm. God dwelt among us. The virgin birth is the premier manifestation of God’s dominion in world history. It was absolutely essential in order to redeem mankind and to set us free from the power of the devil. Mary’s heart of humility that made her quite the right choice for nurturing the Living Word in her womb. She had as a youth already passed the character test for the fourth level of power for the greatest assignment of all time. The Christian Standard Bible speaking of Mary puts it this way, “He has looked upon the humble state of His servant.” Jesus became the mighty Plumbline between light and darkness. What God did for Mary was perhaps the ultimate display of dominion. She demonstrated the humility that allowed dominion to create a sinless son in her womb. What was to happen within her had never before been done and would never be repeated. The only way the sinless blood could be achieved was by the virgin birth because the blood comes from the Father. Jesus was born to be a perfect sacrifice, the ultimate manifestation of God’s dominion!