Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania

Making Great the Lord

T.O. was at it again. First came the stomping on the star at Dallas Stadium. Then came the “Sharpie” incident when he took out a Sharpie marker and proceeded to autograph the football which he had just caught for a touchdown. Last Sunday, December 15, 2002, against the Green Bay Packers, he commandeered some pompoms and joined the cheerleaders in celebrating his touchdown catch. You who “know football” understand that I am talking about Terrell Owens, wide-receiver extraordinaire of the San Francisco 49ers, who loves to “make great” himself.

Mary was at it for the first time. It was her first pregnancy and, oh, what a pregnancy! According to Gabriel’s revelation (Luke 1:28-37), in her womb was none other than the “hope of the ages;” that is, the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, and the seed of David who was indeed the Son of the Most High, the Son of God. In her womb was the only One who, as the Eternal King, would conquer Satan and thus bring salvific blessing to all who would bend the knee in repentance and faith to His redemptive Lordship.

Mary was at it for the first time. A week after Gabriel’s proclamation she visited her relative Elizabeth who confirmed the angelic revelation by these words, “Blessed among women are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me….and blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord,” (Luke 1:42-45).

Following Elizabeth’s words, Mary praises the Lord (Luke 1:46-55) in what has become known as the Magnificat. In this beautiful pouring out of praise, she “makes great the Lord” for three reasons. First, she praises the Lord for His tender care (vs. 48); while acknowledging that the Lord is her Master, she rejoices in His good and wise care for her, His humble bondslave. Second, she “makes great the Lord” for His Might and Holiness (vs. 49); that is, she is glad that her Lord and Savior, her Master, is both Powerful and Pure. Third, she praises the Lord for His covenantal love and faithfulness (vss. 50-55); while pondering her Lord’s covenantal lovingkindness to Abraham and His Seed over the past 2000 years, she is glad that He is covenantaly faithful to His spoken word.

Mary was at it for the first time, and unlike T.O. she “made great” the Lord. Her expressed desire was that others would see the greatness of the Lord God. She had no desire that others would look at/to her in some venerated sense; rather, she yearned that all would adore the greatness of her Lord and Savior.

How about you and me? Aren’t we “naturally” like “T.O?” As others view our home, our lawn, our garden, our car, our clothes, our title, our writings, our accomplishments, etc., do we not desire that others would “look at us and see our greatness?” That’s my natural desire and yours as well. Yet, praise the Lord, we are new creatures in Christ (II Cor. 5:17)! Thus, we can “put off” our natural desire and “put on” Mary’s heart/mindset; that, in everything we are, do, say, and have, others would see the greatness of our Savior Lord.

Dear brethren, as we enter 2003, let’s “make great the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Drew