At this difficult Christmas, let us take time to reflect on the good associated with this period of the year.
The Virgin Mary
“I am the Lord’s servant” Mary answered. “May it be to me
as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:37
There have been many famous women with the name of Mary.
- Mary Jones who walked for miles in her bare feet to buy a Bible and was instrumental in brings in the Bible Society.
- Mary Slate the missionary.
- Mary Magdalene, the one that Jesus cast out seven demons, (Mk. 16:9 & Luke 8:2).
- Then there was Lazarus sister Mary, (Luke 10:42).
The most famous MARY of all is Mary the earthly mother of JESUS, GOD Son. Yet in the Bible there are few references to her, the last one being in Acts 1:14, They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Mary’s last recorded words to Jesus were at the wedding in Cana. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” (John 2:3).
It is good to note here: The apostles never prayed to her. Mary is never referred to in Scripture as the mother of God. That came about in the council of Ephesus in 431 AD, she is called the mother of Jesus but gives no other title. Nowhere in Holy Scripture is she the object of worship.
Mary was chosen. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings you are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)
Mary was a virgin. In Isaiah 7:14 we read, Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son and will call him Immanuel. Liberal scholars will argue that neither the Hebrew nor Greek words rendered as VIRGIN necessarily implies someone who has never had sexual intercourse, but simply a girl who has reached sexual maturity. Joseph, being a Jew, “he had in mind to divorce her” Matt. 1:19. Being engaged was as good as being married. Thus having a baby outside was considered Adultery.
Mary herself said to the angel, “Since I am a virgin?” Mary was told by the angel, “Do not be afraid.” Luke 1:30. The Apostle’s Creed puts it, “Born of the Virgin Mary.” I have no doubts that Mary was a virgin when she conceived, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21
Mary was God’s Servant. “I am the Lord’s servant”, Mary answered, “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38. Young Mary was in love with her God. Here was a young woman prepared to face ridicule, shame and even death itself in order to be obedience to the will of God. Mary had totally surrendered to the will of God.
What did God the Father do for Mary?
God blessed her with a good husband, blessed her with other sons and daughters. Mary say it all in her song read for us today: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49. Good to note that Mary recognised that God was her Saviour.
What has God done for us?
- Opened the way back to Him by bringing Jesus into the world.
- Through Jesus death on the cross brought Salvation into the world.
- Assurance of being with God in Heaven.
God used this dear humble girl to bring the Messiah into the world.
God is still using her today to give us assurance, “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37