A deeper look at the superb, Godly character of Mary, the mother of Jesus
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Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a woman of deep, Godly character. It took someone like this for the Christmas story to be as meaningful and beautiful as it is.
The manifestation of her superb, Godly character began from day one of her appearance in the Scriptures. Notice the following.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; (KJV)
She surrendered even though she did not understand
Not understanding what was happening to her, she surrendered completely to the angel’s saying. This is seen in her humble statement above, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” What a woman to be the mother of Jesus!
In addition, her character can be seen as well by the speed with which she departed and went into the hill country to see Elizabeth who was also with child supernaturally. She was barren, yet she is about to give a miracle birth to John the Baptist. Mary did not dilly dally. She went in haste.
Next, notice the joy in her song. Not once does she moan and get suicidal and depressed over her unusual plight, being pregnant and not married. She rejoices.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. (KJV)
Joy! Nothing negative here
Joy! Nothing negative here. What character Mary possessed. Solid, faithful, loyal, dependable! Even though she did not understand everything happening to her, she never flinched. She remained her surrendered, joyous, dependable, Godly self. What a woman to be the mother of Jesus!
Still not understanding, she pondered what the shepherds said. All that heard them wondered, but Mary kept in her heart what happened and what she heard and silently pondered them there.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. (KJV)
She did not flinch nor feel sorry for herself
She did not flinch nor feel sorry for herself. Pondered them...yes...but flinch and feel sorry for herself, no. She was cut out from all eternity for this hour. The others may have forgotten all these things but not Mary. She thoughtfully, silently and thoroughly thought them through. What a woman to be the mother of Jesus!
Finally, when Jesus was 12 years old, He told Mary and Joseph the reason they couldn’t find him was because he was about his father’s business. Consequently, they could not understand what Jesus meant by “His father’s business.”
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. (KJV)
Nevertheless, Mary kept all these sayings in her heart. Of course she pondered over these things also. Jesus gave her a lot to ponder. She kept a lot of things in her Godly mother’s heart. She silently, thoroughly thought them through. It took a woman like this to be the mother of Jesus!
Mary was a young woman sent from God
From the above, we see a young, stable and humble woman. Mary never backed away from her assignment from God. She never flinched from her duty not in her attitude. She was a young woman sent from God.
After Jesus public ministry commenced, Mary is only mentioned four times. She is mentioned with Jesus at the wedding at Cana in John 2: 1-4. She was mentioned with Jesus at Capernaum in John 2: 12. She is also included in John 19: 25-27 at the crucifixion of Jesus. It took a woman like this to be the mother of Jesus!
The last mention of her, places her in prayer in the Upper Room with those who would blaze the trail for Him, now that he is gone back to heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (KJV)
Truly, Mary was born for that hour! It took a woman like this to be the mother of Jesus!
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Dr. Jay Snell: Author of several books concerning the healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation contained in the Abrahamic covenant for Christians. These books were presented many times on TBN.
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