Luke's Christmas story contains five songs-a Christmas musical if you will, perhaps not like the one we just listened to, but one that contains a scarlet thread that communicates the meaning of Christmas. The songs have different composers, and were written at different times, but have one meaning. Three songs were written before the birth of Jesus and two afterward. Three out of the five songs were composed by people in the later years of their lives, one by the angels and one by a teenage girl. But when they are read together, a central theme does emerge-certainly a theme that deserves our attention during this sacred season.
Members of one extended family wrote the first three songs, Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah were getting old and rickety. Zechariah was tending to his work at the temple when the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared before him with news that Elizabeth was pregnant. Zechariah didn't believe the angel so God took the ability to speak from him.
When she was six-months pregnant, Mary came to visit Elizabeth. Mary was pregnant too, but not married. If you agree that the aged Elizabeth's pregnancy was a miracle, you will also agree that the Virgin Mary's pregnancy was a super-miracle.
Elizabeth, showing great emotional maturity, didn't talk about her baby, instead, she immediately rejoiced with Mary and when she did, she provides us with the first of the Christmas songs in Luke. "And she cried out with a loud voice, and said, '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?  For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.  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 (NASB)
Mary responded with the second Christmas Song in Luke 1:46-55. "And Mary said: 'My soul exalts the Lord,  And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.  For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.  And His mercy is UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION Toward those who fear Him.  He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.  He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.  He has filled the hungry with good things; And sent away the rich empty-handed.  He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,  As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his offspring forever.'"(NASB)
Zachariah authored the third song months later after God restored his
voice shortly after the birth of his son. Look in Luke 1:67-79. "And his
father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
'Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished
redemption for His people,  And has raised up a horn of salvation for
us In the house of David His servant--  As He spoke by the mouth of
His holy prophets from of old--  Salvation from our enemies, And from
the hand of all who hate us;  To show mercy toward our fathers, And
to remember His holy covenant,  The oath which He swore to Abraham
our father,  To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of
our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,  In holiness and righteousness
before Him all our days.  And you, Thank you
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