Mary, the mother of Jesus
Mary was the promised virgin who bore the Son of God:
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”
Mary was greatly favoured and was blessed in a unique way:
“And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
Mary was a woman of simple faith:
“…be it unto me according to thy word. …”
Mary was a woman who glorified God and his name:
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,”
“For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.”
God loved Mary but did not exalt her above others:
“While he yet talked to the people,
behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
Then one said unto him, Behold,
thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
But he answered and said unto him that told him,
Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said,
Behold my mother and my brethren!
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven,
the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Mary saw herself as a lowly servant of God:
“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord;….”
Mary did not seek the worship or prayers of others. She worshipped and prayed to God alongside other faithful believers:
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”
Mary knew that she needed a Saviour:
“And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
It is often said by man that Mary is “full of grace”, but God has never
made such a statement. God has reserved this statement for another:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.”
I thank God for Mary and her godly life.
She is a wonderful example to us all:
She recognized her need for a Saviour
She put simple faith in God’s word
She was a humble servant of God
She was greatly blessed of God
She gave God all of the glory
May we live the kind of life that Mary did.
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