After the birth of John the Baptist, Zechariah his father opened his mouth in praise and worship to God for what he had done–and what he was going to do. In this first part of Zechariah’s Benedictus, Zechariah focuses on God’s promise of an eternal King to sit on David’s throne, the Christ....

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Luke is concerned with not just telling us the events of the birth of the Christ, but what they mean. This section of Scripture points to Mary’s worshipful response (called Mary’s Magnificat) to the grace of God in her life. She does not grow prideful because of the honor given to her to be the mother of the Messiah, but she instead humbly praises her God. We see three aspects of true worship in Mary’s Magnificat that help us to give glory to God as we also contemplate the birth of Jesus....

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