Under the magnifying glass

It’s time to look for my magnifying glass again.

Someone keeps taking my magnifying glass from my desk because she needs to see something small up close. Magnifying glasses come in handy when we need to enlarge something so details can be seen.

The mother of Jesus placed the Lord under a glass in a passage called “the Magnificat.” In her praise of God in Luke 1:46-56, she zoomed in on the greatness of God so others could see him.

Let’s take a close-up look of God through Mary’s magnifying glass. Each statement begins with the personal pronoun, “he.”

“He has demonstrated power” (Luke 1:51a). The Lord God allowed his son to come to earth as a human child. God’s power was demonstrated in that Jesus’ birth was miraculous. Normally, a man and a woman are responsible for new life. This time, the father of the baby Jesus is God. There can be no greater demonstration of power. In Jesus we would come to see much, much more of God’s power, but we see it now in this baby’s birth.

“He has scattered those whose pride wells up from sheer arrogance” (Luke 1:51b). The birth of Christ was the beginning of the end of human pride and arrogance. One whose life is changed by Jesus will immediately put down pride and seize humility. The humble heart is the signature of Christ in his followers.

“He has brought down the mighty and lifted up the lowly” (Luke 1:52). It was Jesus, himself, who humbled himself before God, before others, even before the Romans. In his humility, he taught his followers the importance of this characteristic in the sight of God (1 Peter 5:5).

“He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:53). There is an amazing picture in the gospels and the book of Acts of 12 men who began with weak faith and on the day of Pentecost stood and preached the gospel as erudite as any product of higher education. At the same time, those who vilified Jesus’ teachings left devoid of any spiritual benefit. Those who want spiritual food will find in Jesus Christ an amazing teacher. Those who do not will see an itinerant, homeless man with no prospects.

Mary placed God under her magnifying glass and showed us some wonderful things about our God and our savior, Jesus. If each one of us is placed under God’s magnifier, what would we see? If we truly follow Jesus, we would see a humble, lowly, spiritually hungry person filled with inspired teaching. Is that what you see?

May each of us magnify the Lord God each day so that others can see him and his greatness clearly.

 

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for a little more than half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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2 thoughts on “Under the magnifying glass

  1. Loved this article! I hope if I were placed under a magnifying glass, I would show a work in progress. Somewhat humble, definitely spiritually hungry, and although not filled totally with inspired teaching, one day I hope to be. 🙂

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