Mary - The Mother Of Jesus
Mother’s Day is a special day, a great time to remember, celebrate and honour our Mother. It was great to be able to honour all the women in our church with a small flower because each one is loved and special in God’s eyes.
As we reflected on Sunday about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, we can understand that this day isn’t always that simple. For some it is a day of joy, but for others it can be a day of pain. It's a day of celebration, but also a day of longing and of grief. But one thing is for sure, all women are daughters, so have or had a mother, and should be honoured and celebrated.
Some people and religions elevate Mary to a position that is not taught in the Bible, others have gone to the extreme of almost ignoring her. But Mary deserves better than either of those extremes. Mary was one of the noblest characters in the entire Bible. She is a wonderful role model for mothers, and deserves to be honoured as such. She gave birth to the Messiah, Son of God, He alone is to be worshipped. Mary is to be honoured and remembered - not worshipped.
Luke 1:26-28 says…Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
Mary was highly favoured and blessed among women. The Lord was with her. What was it about Mary that made her so special, and chosen by God?
1. She was pure in heart and character. Mary was not divine - she was a mere mortal – no different to you and me. She lived with the same temptations but kept herself pure. Her pure character, physically and spiritually, shines though as a wonderful example and reason why she was highly favoured and blessed, chosen by God.
2. She was surrendered to God. Mary didn’t fully comprehend what God’s angel had said to her. She understood it in part, but yet she couldn’t completely grasp what was in store for her. Yet her life was so surrendered to God that she said, in effect: “Lord, whatever your will for my life is, so be it - whether I understand it or not.”
3. She was a woman of prayer. Mary was part of a small group of faithful believers that prayed long and fervently prior to the Day of Pentecost (Mary is named in Acts 1:14). Thank the Lord for praying mothers who have surrendered their lives to God and hold their children in prayer before Him, day and night.
Let us consider today, our own response to God and what He has called us to do. Have we yielded and surrendered ourselves, in repentance and faith, to the Lord Jesus Christ? My call to you is that you be the right kind of person today, as Mary was, full of faith, pure in heart and character, surrendered to God, loving, caring and obedient. She was highly favoured and blessed!