Words of Hope

Good News. No Boundaries

Redemption’s Arrival

by: Jill Ver Steeg

Step into Mary’s prayer room with me. God is not only turning Mary’s world, but the entire world, upside down. Mary is bursting with God-news. She is dancing the song of God, her Savior. “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (vv. 46-47) sings the mother of the One in whom God’s best promises to the human race will be fulfilled.

With the coming of Jesus all social conventions will be turned on their heads, the bluffing braggarts will be scattered, tyrants will be knocked off their high horses and victims pulled out of the mud. With the birth of Mary’s baby the greater will serve the lesser, the humble will be lifted up and the starving poor will sit down to a banquet. The advent of the Kingdom of God is growing in Mary’s womb, and God, the Mighty One, has looked with favor upon Mary, the lowly one. God has acted out of his self-giving nature, for indeed, God’s mercy, love, and grace are for all people. Like Mary, we celebrate God’s redemptive coming. And his name will be Jesus: “the Lord saves.” Come, Lord Jesus!