Mary    Luke 1:26 – 38 and others

Mary was the earthly mother of Jesus Christ

She was a normal woman God used for His extraordinary purposes

Mary submitted to God’s call and bore our savior as a baby and raised Him to maturity.

  • Mary saw her Son accomplish great things
  • Mary saw her Son’s heart for humanity
  • Mary heard her Son teach the Word of God
  • Mary saw the boundless love her Son had for her and others

Mary also saw the hatred in the eyes and hearts of the Temple Elites and government officials

  • Mary saw and heard their plots and plans against her Boy
  • Mary saw her Son falsely accused and arrested
  • Mary witnessed the fake/political trials of her Son
  • Mary witnessed her Son being ridiculed and spit upon
  • Mary heard the lies and vile language spewing from the mouths of her neighbors and leaders
  • Mary witnessed the beatings her Son endured
  • Mary was present as the remains of His beaten flesh were hoisted naked upon a roman cross for all to see
  • Mary watched her Son die for the failures of all those gathered around and more
  • Mary buried her Son

But this is not all the story

Mary heard the love her Son had for her as he hung on the cross and provided for her future

Mary heard His cry, “It Is Finished”

Mary found His tomb EMPTY on Sunday, just as He had promised

Mary knew Her Son was God and would always, ALWAYS Live!

As a mother, Mary knew love and pain, triumph and tragedy, confusion and confidence through the life of her Son, Jesus.

As a believer, Mary found salvation, faith, hope and love through the Savior, the Messiah, the Son God gave to us through her.

Many mothers understand the sacrifice of parenthood.

Many mothers understand that there will be days of great pride and days of great pain.

Mothers submit to these, and an unknown future joyfully!

Motherhood is anticipated with expectant joy.

Why?

Love.  A great love that leads Mommy’s to bear the pain of childbirth to experience a lifetime of Love.

Luke 1:26 – 36  “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.  Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”   Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”  The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.   For the word of God will never fail.”  Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.” 

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  [MINDS AND HEARTS] Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

 

 Tomorrow we will be celebrating the great blessing God pours into our lives! We will celebrate the great blessing of our new life in Christ with a baptism service, the great joy of new life as His creation with our Baby Dedication Service and the great blessing of carrying and caring for His Creation in Motherhood as we honor all the mothers present! We will indeed have a great day tomorrow at First Baptist! Join us for Sunday School at 10 am and Church at 11 am tomorrow morning.

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