“Mary, Mary, Quite The Contrary”

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Bible Study, Christmas

One day, quite unexpectedly, an angel came to the virgin, Mary.  He probably shocked her when he said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women!”  Then he went on to tell her that she would be the one through the promised Messiah/Deliverer would come (Luke 1:26-33; Genesis 3:15).  It was God’s appointed time for all this to happen as it had been predicted in the pages of the Scriptures (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4).  Since there is so much confusion within Christendom concerning Mary, it would be well for us to consider, from Scripture, some things about her:

Her Privileged Position

     Mary was chosen to be the mother of Christ’s humanity only (Luke 1:28), not the Mother of God. During her pregnancy, she went to visit her older cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant. “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among (not “above”) women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’” (Luke 1:41, 42). What was special about Mary?

Mary came from the right family line. Some folks have been confused by the two genealogies that are found in Matthew (1:1-16) and Luke (3:23-38). Matthew traces Joseph’s line back to Abraham and King David to declare that Jesus was/is the rightful King of the Jews. But Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus as we learn from Matthew 1:16. The text says, “An Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom (i.e. Mary) was born Jesus who is called Christ.” Joseph had in his line a king (Jeconiah) who had been cursed. None of his descendants had the right to rule on the throne of David (Matthew 1:11; Jeremiah 22:24-30). Had Joseph been Jesus’ biological father, Jesus would have had the curse resting on Him too.

But Mary’s genealogy traces her line back to another son of King David named Nathan (Luke 3:31). Joseph was the foster or legal father of Jesus who passed on to Jesus the right to rule as the King of the Jews. Mary passed on the blood and provided a real human body for Jesus, the God-man.

Her Unusual Pregnancy

     The Scriptures tell us that God the Father prepared the Seed that was to be implanted in Mary’s womb. He determined the DNA of Jesus and all the physical characteristics He would have while He was here on earth (Hebrews 10:5). No man alive today knows what Jesus looked like. Then God the Holy Spirit took that Seed and implanted it in Mary’s womb. During the nine months of her pregnancy, God the Father overshadowed Mary to keep her from transmitting her sinful nature on to Christ (Luke 1:35).

After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary had other children (Matthew 13:55; Mark 3:21, 31; 6:3; James 1:19). As surprising as it may seem, Jesus’ brothers and sisters didn’t believe on Him as the God-man, the Messiah, or as the Savior. After Jesus rose again bodily from the tomb on the third day, He appeared to His half brother, James to prove to him that He was indeed the God-man, the promised Messiah, and the Savior of men (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). Later his two half brothers, James and Jude would be used by God the Holy Spirit to write the Epistles of James and Jude that we find in the Scriptures.

Her Delivery Of The Christ Child

     Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth before Jesus was born (Luke 2:4). But because of a decree by Caesar Augustus (God’s pawn), Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem to be registered for taxation purposes (Luke 2:1-5). The Prophet Micah (5:2) had predicted about 700 years earlier that the Christ/Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, the city of King David. The Apostle Paul wrote, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son [from heaven], born of a woman, born under the [Mosaic] law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4, 5).

The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 80 or 90 miles. It wasn’t easy for a pregnant woman. When they got there, Mary was ready to deliver her Child but there was no room in the inn for them (Luke 2:7). So Jesus ended up being born in a stable with the animals. Mothers, try to imagine those unsanitary conditions. All this happened according to God’s plan (Ephesians 1:11) to let us know the degree to which God the Son was willing to go to identify Himself with all of us from the top to the bottom of society (Philippians 2:5-11).

Her Honest Confession

     Perhaps to the surprise of some people, Mary acknowledged her Son Jesus as her Savior (Luke 1:47). She admitted that she too was a sinner like all the rest of us (Romans 3:10). She is not a Co-Redemptrix with Jesus. “For there is one God and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). To say otherwise, is to deny the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man and His work on the cross.

Their Awesome Responsibility

      “Imagine the pressure Joseph and Mary must have felt when they learned that Jesus would be theirs to raise and nurture! Imagine the complexity and pressure of having the Son of God living with you every moment of every day; a constant call to holiness by His very presence. What a man Joseph must have been to be trusted by God for such a task! What a wonderful example for us to follow, whether we’re raising our own children or those born to others who are now entrusted to us.” – Randy Kilgore (Our Daily Bread, 12/13/14)

But shouldn’t we be motivated even more to a life of holiness as we think about the fact that God the Holy Spirit indwells us today (John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19)?  He knows everything about us.  Meditate on this fact the next time you’re tempted to sin.  Would what you are about to do or say grieve Him or quench Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)?

Conclusion

     The virgin, Mary was not filled with the Holy Spirit as Elizabeth was.  But she was selected by God to be the one through whom the Christ child would come. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “For unto us a Child is born…” (Isaiah 9:6). This refers to Jesus’ true humanity that was provided by the virgin, Mary. “Unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6b) refers to His being the God-man.

Each person who has placed his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation was also chosen by God to be holy (set apart) and blameless before Him in love while he/she is here on earth (Ephesians 1:4; John 15:16).

Questions

     Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? What you do in response to Christ will determine your eternal destiny. Believe (receive) Him as your personal Savior and be saved (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24). If you simply ignore Him or reject Him, you will be separated from Him forever in the lake of fire (John 3:18, 36; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  We don’t want this to happen to anyone, not even our worst enemies (Romans 5:8, 10).

Are you a Christian? If so, are you fulfilling God’s purpose for your life? Are you F.A.T.F.R.E.E.? (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic) If not, which areas need to be adjusted? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Have you been baptized (immersed)?  Do you know the three reasons why you should be baptized?  If not, ask us about this.  It’s important.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

The choice is yours to make. If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, let us help you from an open Bible. God’s plan of salvation is not complicated.  Don’t put off the most important decision of your life.  If you need spiritual help, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at http://www.kelseypeach.com.  If this article has helped you, please share it with others and share your thoughts with us too.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” 

Clear Gospel.  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English- Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

“The Fullness of Time” http://www.gotquestions.org/fullness-of-time.html

Prophecies of Christ’s first coming.  http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_first7.php

Standing Room Only” by Philip DeCoursy.  (A helpful book that explains the errors that are being taught about the virgin, Mary.)

http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Room-Only-Philip-DeCourcy/dp/1889893129/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1418644895&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=standing+room+only+philip+decoursy

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