As we draw closer to the Christmas season the picture of the nativity starts to be seen in decorations, in stores, heard in songs, and seen on TV. Mary is such an iconic figure throughout history. Artists have painted her, sculptors have done renditions to capture her holy face, and she has been made a holy figure in the Catholic church. We idolize her because we can’t imagine what it would have been life to have immaculate conception and to raise the Son of God.
Being a mother of three children is tough at times, but being the mother of the Most High had to be a calling. We are all called to do things in life. Some of us are teachers, lawyers, stay at home moms, doctors, artists, builders, hairdressers, mechanics, etc… Many of us wear many hats other than our jobs we get paid for we volunteer, we do ministry, and we are parents. When Mary was called to be the mother of Jesus Gabriel the angel of the Lord said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:28, 30. Mary had been chosen by God to do the most important job in history, to be the mother of His Son! Mary’s genealogy , her character, and willingness to be used by an awesome God made her the ideal mother for Jesus.
Mary’s story takes place in Luke 1-2, John 2:1-11, and she is mentioned in Acts 1:14
When Gabriel told Mary what going to happen and Mary asked how this was possible she readily accepted the angel’s answer without a moment’s hesitation. Would you have done that? I am not sure that I would have. Mary being the awesome person she was said in Luke 1:38 “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”
- Are there areas in your life that you need to say the same thing as Mary did, so God can use you to the fullest? Obedience without hesitation brings great reward but we have to be willing to fully let go and let God use you.
Some time past and Jesus was born. Most of us know the story of the Nativity but there really isn’t any background as to how Jesus was raised. We assume in accordance with Jewish customs and by loving parents. There are glimpses when he stays behind at the synagogue and is listening and asking questions Luke 2:41-52. Jesus would have been around the age of 12 at this time. In this time period children of this age were almost considered men. Mary was doing her part as a wife and mother to help the children grow in wisdom and knowledge of God. Jesus most especially as verse 52 says was “increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
- How are you doing in teaching your children/grandchildren about God.
- Are you taking them to church to hear the Word of God
- Are you living out godly lives in front of your kids/grandkids
- praying at meals
- having/doing quiet time
Mary was present during the adult ministry of Jesus. She was there as the wedding in Cana. This is seen in John 2:1-11. At the wedding they had ran out of wine which in that time period was highly embarrassing and Mary asked Jesus what to do. She was concerned for those around her and was relying on Jesus to help. She didn’t ask for a miracle that was Jesus’ choice. Mary was also there at the cross when her son died that day. No one could prepare a mother for that day. God was there already prepared and had strengthened her for this day that would come.
As mothers/grandparents it is also our job just it was Mary’s to train up our children in the ways of the Lord, to show them how to be kind to others, to love others, to be obedience to the Lord’s call, and have a thirst for knowledge. It is also our job to love them when they suffer and experience pain.