When it All Clicked for Pregnant Mary
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
We are going to spend a week in this prayer/prophecy/praise from Mary. The last we heard from her was when Gabriel was about to leave and she said, “I’m the Lord’s servant, let it be so,” and she submitted to the Lord’s plan.
As far as we know, all she had to go on from there was what Gabriel told her (remember the He is going to sit on David’s thrown forever, etc. Luke 1:32–33 )
Now she has arrived at her relative’s house and Elizabeth has busted out some prophecies of her own. It’s at this moment that we see Mary kind of “get it” — she’s starting to realize what it means that the Messiah is coming, and He’s already here, in her womb. Everything she every heard her dad tell her about the Messiah is rolling around in her head. Every time Romans took taxes, a Levitical Law was broken, or she saw someone (or herself) struggled in poverty or pain, they longed for the Lord’s salvation.
Mary knew the Lord’s salvation was near. The name of her child, in fact, means “the Lord is Salvation”