THE THRILL OF HOPE III

LUKE 1:39-56

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful

55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

MARRY IS CARRYING THE HOPE OF HUMANITY 

HE WASN’T GOD’S SON UNTIL HE WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN

SHE IS CARRYING // AS WE ARE CARRYING // THE HOPE OF ALL MANKIND

LORD, SAVIOUR, POWERFUL ONE, HOLY ONE, MERCIFUL ONE, FAITHFUL ONE

1. OUR BLESSING IS CARRYING THE HOPE

THE JOY OF OUR SALVATION - KING DAVID PSALM 51:12

THE BLESSING IS ALWAYS JESUS. ONLY, ALWAYS, JESUS

“THE STUFF WE CALL BLESSINGS ARE THE OVERFLOW OF HOPE” PASTOR CHRIS

“NO JESUS, NO HOPE. KNOW JESUS, KNOW HOPE”

2. OUR RESPONSE TO HOPE SHOULD BE PRAISE (MARY’S SONG)

MARY’S RESPONSE TO ELIZABETH’S BLESSING WAS PRAISE

IT’S DIFFICULT TO BE A WORSHIPER 

IF YOU HAVEN’T TRUSTED

IF YOU DON’T KNOW GOD’S PROMISE

HANNAH 1 - SAMUEL 2 FILL MARY’S SONG

3. OUR TIMING IS NOT GOD’S TIMING

ELIZABETH IS CARRYING HER FINAL HOPE

MARY IS CARRYING A PREMATURE HOPE

MARY’S SONG

48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful

pa·tience

/ˈpāSHəns/

noun

noun: patience

  1. 1.
    the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

JAMES 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

per·sist·ence

/pərˈsistəns/

noun

noun: persistence

  1. firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

ROMANS 5:3-5 …we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

JESUS IS PATIENT WITH US

PERSISTENT THROUGH THE CROSS

FATHER IS PATIENT WITH US

PERSISTENT THRU MERCY

HOLY SPIRIT IS PATIENT WITH US

PERSISTENT THRU THE AGES