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1 Sunday, December 11, 2011 Speaker: Phil Hainaut The True Spirit of Christmas (Mary’s Song) Luke 1: Message 2 in our 4-part series called The Songs of Christmas.

2 Luke 1:41-43 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

3 1:67-69 Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”

4 2:13,14 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

5 2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

6 2:25-32 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

7 2:36-38 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

8 "Mary said, 'My soul exalts the Lord
"Mary said, 'My soul exalts the Lord. My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior for He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave, for behold from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the mighty One has done great things for me and holy is His name, and His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. He has done mighty deeds with His arm. He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones and has exalted those who were humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent away the rich empty handed. He has given help to Israel, His servant, in remembrance of His mercy as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever.’"

9 1:35 - "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you, for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.“ 1:32 - “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

10 Romans 5:12-18 Therefore, sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned… death reigned from the time of Adam… the many died by the trespass of the one man… The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation… by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man… one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people.

11 1) She was also miraculously conceived by her mother so as to be free from original sin
2) Mary, like Christ, was sinless her entire life 3) She did not die but ascended to heaven 4) In heaven she was coronated as the Queen of Heaven, a position of authority and sovereignty

12 “I am the Lord’s servant… May your word to me be fulfilled”
1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant… May your word to me be fulfilled”

13 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship
(vs.46-48) - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant”

14 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship
(vs.46-48) - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant” a. True worship is internal

15 Isaiah 29:13 - The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” John 4:23,24 - “… the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

16 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship
(vs.46-48) - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant” a. True worship is internal b. True worship is intense

17 Amos 5: “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

18 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship
(vs.46-48) - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant” a. True worship is internal b. True worship is intense c. True worship is habitual

19 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship
(vs.46-48) - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant” a. True worship is internal b. True worship is intense c. True worship is habitual d. True worship is humble

20 1:46-49 “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.”

21 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2
1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2. We learn from Mary the object of true worship (vs.46-48) - “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant”

22 Exodus 20:3,4 “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.”

23 Luke 4:8 - "It is written you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only."
1 Timothy 1:7 - “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

24 Matthew 1:21,22 “An angel of the Lord appeared in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

25 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2
1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2. We learn from Mary the object of true worship 3. We learn from Mary the reasons for true worship a. What God has done for me personally v.48b-49 - “From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.”

26 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2
1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2. We learn from Mary the object of true worship 3. We learn from Mary the reasons for true worship a. What God has done for me personally b. What God has done for the world v.50 - “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”

27 1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2
1. We see in Mary the attitude of true worship 2. We learn from Mary the object of true worship 3. We learn from Mary the reasons for true worship a. What God has done for me personally b. What God has done for the world c. What God has done for His people

28 (v. 51a) “He has performed mighty deeds with his arm”
(v.51b) “He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts” (v. 52a) “He has brought down rulers from their thrones” (v. 52b) “…but has lifted up the humble” (v. 53a) “He has filled the hungry with good things” (v. 53b) “… but has sent the rich away empty” (vs.54,55) “ He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

29 Genesis 12:1-3 “The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

30 Genesis 17:4-8 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

31 1Corinthians 1:26-31 “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’”

32 Charles Wesley Hark the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies. With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!" Christ by highest heav'n adored. Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold Him come, offspring of a Virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity. Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!" Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, ris'n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by. Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

33 Isaac Watts “Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing. Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns; Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love, and wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders, of His love.”

34 John Francis Wade O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant! O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him born the King of Angels… Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given! Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! O come, let us adore Him. O come, let us adore Him. O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.


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