2. Mary: Willing Servant

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2. Mary: Willing Servant

Luke 1:26-56p. 944

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Mother of Jesus

The

second

Sunday of Advent

Mary: mother of Jesus

Council of Ephesus 431 AD

Title “

theotokos

” – “bearer of God” confirmed

Lesser title “

Christotokos

” – “Christ bearer” rejected

Nature of Jesus – Fully human, fully divine.

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Mother of Jesus . . .

Mary’s role central to Jesus’ identityMary prominent in the very earliest Christian art:

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The reality of Evil . . .

Two forms:

Evil endured – misfortune that comes upon us

Evil committed – malice of one to another

Some is outside human influence:

Natural disaster, disease, death …

Other is directly from human action:

Bickering, selfishness, malice …

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The reality of Evil . . .

Questions

Where does it come from?

How can I overcome or escape it?

All religions propose solutions

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1. A Willing Servant

A young virgin …

Normal custom – she is about 12-13 years old.

Describes herself as of “humble estate” (v 48)

A

ngel

sent with a strange commission (v 28-33)

Mary is willing: “I am the Lord’s servant” (v 38)

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2. An Object of Scandal

She visits Zechariah & Elizabeth

Mary is in disgrace (Matt 1:19)

She has to endure social scorn

Ironically Elizabeth calls he “Blessed …” ( v 42)

She has their comfort and understanding

Just a young teenage girl – has to endure these trials

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3. A Fulfilled Promise

Elizabeth’s prophetic greeting –

“the mother of my Lord” (v 43)

Mary’s status is elevated by the Son she will bear

Mary celebrates what God is doing (v 46-49)

God has chosen to work through her for salvation

If not right now – “all generations will call her blessed”

God is working “

for

” her

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3. A Fulfilled Promise . . .

God is acting just as he promised (v 55)

He would bless Abraham’s descendants … … and through them, all people

(Gen 12:1-3)

From the beginning, God was planning salvation

Salvation was at hand.

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Living It

Think about how Mary could be so joyfully willing?

She is looking at the promises of God.

The angel had been clear (v 31-33)

Her son would be “the Son of the Most High”

Eternal ruler of a Kingdom without end.

Jesus taught that all are invited to be part of it by faith.

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Living It …

Why decorate a tree at Christmas?Began Strasbourg 1500’sSpread in Germany by 17501841 – at Windsor Castle1848 – Picture in Illustrated London News1850 – Godey’s Ladies Book

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