Mary the Mother of Jesus

Mary is the next person in the story.  The Bible states that she was a virgin at this time.  Her virginity  is important because of Isaiah’s prophecy: Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14.  The Bible records that when Joseph took Mary as his wife he did not have relations with her until after the child Jesus was born.  The Gospel writer Mark records that Jesus had brothers and sisters (“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” Mark 6:3)  Mary was not a virgin for life.

Mary was also not sinless.  She herself thanked God for sending a Saviour for herself and for all people. My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.(Luke 1:46-47) When her son Jesus died on the cross, He died for her sins as well as the sins of everyone who has ever lived or will live.  Here are some verses that show this truth.  To better understand, you will need to read the New Testament since the whole thought is covered in different books.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Romans 14:9

and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
2 Corinthians 5:15

 She was a woman who loved God’s Word, as her beautiful poem in Luke 1:46-55 shows.

After the shepherds left the stable, Luke records that she “treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  As the years went on she had many things to think about and to connect in her heart to the initial message that Gabriel gave.  Then the day came which she must have been dreading, even though she wouldn’t have known the details, when Jesus died.  She stood at the foot of the cross, and she must have been pondering still.  Simeon had said that “a sword will pierce even your own soul.”  After Jesus’ resurrection, she and the others who followed Jesus understood why He had to die.  That knowledge would have eased the sorrow some, but she was still a mother whose son was gone.  When she was pregnant, she had to explain how that happened.  After Jesus was born, she probably had to explain many things about Him.  After His ascension, she had to explain why her eldest son was not taking care of her and why He was missing, but there was no grave with His name.

I think there are three responses that we should have to the story of Mary.  The first is to trust Jesus to be our Saviour.  He Himself said,“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me”  John 14:6.  A second response is to read, study and cherish God’s Word.  The third response is to love the Lord Jesus with all our heart, soul and mind.

Mary was a woman especially blessed by God. She was beautiful in her devotion to God through her life as mother to Jesus.  Mary eventually died.  She probably understood God better than we do, but she cannot help us now.  Her Son, who is really God, is the answer to all of our problems.  Trust Him today.

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