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MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS:



30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”(LUKE 1:30-33)


MARY, THE WIFE OF JOSEPH, WAS THE VIRGIN MOTHER OF JESUS. LUKE TELLS US THAT MARY, A YOUNG GIRL IN NAZARETH, WAS BETROTHED TO JOSEPH, A LOCAL CARPENTER. BEFORE THE MARRIAGE TOOK PLACE, AN ANGEL ANNOUNCED TO HER THAT SHE WOULD BECOME PREGNANT BY THE POWER OF GOD'S SPIRIT AND GIVE BIRTH TO THE SON OF GOD (Luke 1:26-33). MARY RESPONDED TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY MASSAGE IN SIMPLE FAITH, HUMBLY SUBMITTING HERSELF TO GOD'S WILL (LUKE 1:38; 46-55). SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE MESSAGE WAS CONFIRMED BY HER RELATIVE ELIZABETH, WHO SPOKE OF MARY AS THE MOST BLESSED OF ALL WOMEN (LUKE 1:3945). MARY'S MIRACULOUS BEARING OF THE SON OF THE GOD WAS VIEWED AS A FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY (ISA 7:14).

JESUS BIRTH TOOK PLACE IN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN JOSEPH TOOK MARY TO BETHLEHEM TO REGISTER FOR AN OFFICIAL ROMAN CENSUS. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN A STABLE BECAUSE NO OTHER LODGING WAS AVAILABLE (LUKE 2;1-7). SOMETIME LATER, MARY AND JOSEPH FLED TO EGYPT TO SAVE THE CHILD FROM HAROD'S MASSACRE OF YOUNG BOYS IN THE BETHLEHEM AREA (MATT.2:13-18). WHEN THEY RETURNED THEY RESETTLED IN NAZARETH TO RAISE THEIR FAMILY(LUKE 2:39; MATT.2:19-23). AFTER JESUS' BIRTH, MARY APPARENTLY GAVE BIRTH TO SEVERAL OTHER SONS AND DAUGHTERS (MATT 13:55-56, MARK 6:3). IT IS LIKELY THAT MARY HERSELF TOLD LUKE THE DETAILS OF JESUS' BIRTH AND THE UNUSUAL EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH IT (LUKE 2:51).

WHEN JESUS WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD, HE STAYED IN THE TEMPLE DURING A FAMILY TRIP TO JERUSALEM. MARY AND JOSEPH REBUKED HI FOR STAYING BEHIND WHEN THEY DEPARTED, BUT THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND JESUS' RESPONSE (LUKE 2:41-51). EARLY IN JESUS PUBLIC MINISTRY, MARY ENCOURAGED HIM TO DO A MIRACLE AT A WEDDING IN CANA (JOHN 2:1-11). LATER, WHEN SHE AND JESUS' BROTHERS WENT TO SEE JESUS, HE SAID THAT DISCIPLES WERE HIS "REAL FAMILY" (MATT 12:46-50).

WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED, MARY WAS AMONG THE WOMEN LOOKING ON (JOHN 19:25). AS JESUS WAS DYING, HE ASKED JOHN, 'THE DISCIPLE HE LOVED' TO TAKE CARE OF MARY AS HIS OWN MOTHER(JOHN 19:26-27). AFTER JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION, MARY WAS APPARENTLY A MEMBER OF THE BELIEVING COMMUNITY; SHE IS LISTED AMONG THOSE WHO WERE PRAYING TOGETHER WHEN THE SPIRIT CAME ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST (Acts 1:14).

GOD CLOSE MARY A BRING HIS SON, THE SAVIOR, INTO THE WORLD. FOR ALL CHRISTIANS, SHE IS A MODEL OF HUMBLE AND OBEDIENT SUBMISSION TO GOD'S WILL.

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