Why do we pay attention to Jesus? I think there are many good reasons people do—some not so good reasons, too, I suppose. I am choosing to focus on the good reasons. But I think that whatever reason we might have for paying attention to Jesus, we benefit from looking carefully at what the Bible tells us about him.
This morning, I preached the second of what I hope will be a 13-part series of sermons on Jesus. I called it, “Singing Down Mercy.” My purpose was to set the story of Jesus in its biblical context. I did that by looking at the song of Mary in Luke 1:46-55 in relation to earlier songs in the Bible—Moses’ song (Exodus 15), Hanna’s song (1 Samuel 2), and one of Isaiah’s Servant Songs (Isaiah 49).
I suggest that Mary’s song gives us three important reasons to pay attention to Jesus: he questions authority, he brings healing to the “lowly,” and he calls all who would follow him to find their identity in a vocation of bringing healing to all the families of the earth.