Mary - A Willing Servant of God
by Cooper Abrams
Introduction: There was no greater event in the history of the world than the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus was God as John 1:1-4 tells us:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
What also is so marvelous is the way the Lord became a man and entered this world. God, the Son, came to this earth "born of a woman."
In Verse 35, Gabriel told Mary the Holy Spirit would come upon her and God's power would overshadow her and she would conceive a child. Christ's birth was a miracle in every respect. A young Jewish maid who was a virgin would conceive by the power of God and would bear a child.
There are many aspects of the miracle birth of Christ we could look at but I want to look at who was Mary, the maiden chosen by God to be the earthly mother of Jesus Christ.
I. Who Was Mary?
B. The Bible presents her as a godly chaste young Jewish girl who was betrothed to a devout Jewish carpenter named Joseph.
2. What made the difference in her life was her attitude towards God. What made her available to be used of God was her commitment to Him.
3. The proof of that is that when she heard the truth and God's plan she immediately accepted it. That showed her heart.
2. Outwardly, it would be impossible for her to explain her situation to Joseph, her parents and their family and friends. God intervened in a dream and told him that the child Mary was carrying was of the Holy Spirit.
b. Matt. 1:19 says he did not want to publicly expose her and sought to privately put her away. Matt. 1:24 says Joseph obeyed God and married her.
4. Yet, in spite of all this she accepted this difficulty as God's will relying on Him.
2. After Jesus was born, the Bible tells us that Joseph and Mary had other children, at least four boys and two girls. This too shows her to be a normal woman and mother.
3. It appears that Joseph died and left her a widow with a large family. We do not know when he died, but I believe it would have to be after Jesus was old enough to work and provide for her. It may be that Jesus left home when he was thirty and began His public ministry because until that time his brothers were old enough to work and provide for the family
2. Early in Jesus' ministry she and others in the family tried to get Jesus to return home thinking that He was "beside" himself. It seems as if she did not understand truly who He was and what He came into the world to do.
2. After the resurrection we find the last mention of her in the Bible as she continued in prayer (Acts 1:14) with the other faithful who waited for the coming of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and God beginning the institution of the local church.
3. Then the Bible is silent and mentions her no more.
4. The Roman Catholic church has perverted the memory of her with their false teachings of her immaculate concept by her parents, the supposed translation of her body to heaven, her supposed appointment as the co-redemptix with Christ, that she was the actual mother of God, that she serves as a interceder in heaven. All these things clearly grew out of Roman Catholicism's people being involved in the pagan female cults of the four century on.
B. Luke 1:38 expresses her heart.
"And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her."
2. Clearly she understood what she was being asked to do. In verse 34, she replied...."how can this be seeing I do not know a man?"
3. Yet, fully understanding the difficulties she faced she replied and said "let Thy will be done."
"Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord." (Luke 1:42-45)
B. No man or woman can be saved or used of God a part from believing in Him.
2. A true believer will obey God and obey His will for their lives.
3. Often God calls us to do things that are difficult. He calls those who believe and love the Lord and want to serve Him.
4. He only chooses the faithful, the ones that believe. In the parable in Matt. 22:1, Jesus used a parable to illustrate this point. He said a king sent his servants to invite guest to his wedding feast. Some of the guest made little of the kings request, others just ignored it and went their way, others were hateful and spitefully treated the kings servants and killed some of them. He sent his servants out again and they brought in many, good and bad. One guest came without a wedding garment which was an insult to the king and the king cast him out.
Many people have little time for the Lord. Others are indifferent and others outright oppose Him. Other pervert the God's truth and put their faith in false teachings. Mary lived in a day when the Chief priest, elders, scribes and Pharisees and their religion dominated Jewish life. Their's was a false religion, not based on God's word or in truth. Jesus taught them the truth, but they rejected Him and God's truth and sought to kill Him. Eventually they had Him crucified. They are all unbelievers. Yet, Mary was among the few who believed the truth and rejected the false religion of the Jewish leaders. God cannot use nor does He call those who will not accept His word. Because she believed God gave her a special call.
C. Every woman and mother here has a special call from God to live a godly faithful life. God has a will and ministry for every mother here.
2. Mothers faithfully serve the Lord and are rarely mentioned.
Sometimes a wife is mentioned and acknowledged, but rarely one's mother.
"All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." -- George Washington
(1732-1799) These mothers were faithful to their God given privilege and responsibilities. Their sons were great men because they had a great and wonderful mother.
4. It was God who made Mary special. It was God's will for her and her commitment to it that her role in God's plan that made her a wonderful woman and child of God. She was no different from any other woman. She had her weaknesses, yet she obeyed God.
There is a problem today with many mothers. They are too busy and often too selfish put their own desires and wants above God's and their family. They have their projects and their desires and that is what motivates them. Many do not place God first. A mother cannot put the Lord first in her life...if she does not put her family first.
We mostly think of mothers in their role with their children, but there must be a father, a husband if a woman is to be a mother. A wife who is not a "help meet" to her husband will probably not be a good mother to her children. If the father and mother are at odds with each other the children and the family will greatly suffer.....and sadly God's will most likely will not be accomplished.
Being a godly mother and wife is not something that comes automatic. There are two sides to the matter.
First, a woman must be committed to the Lord and to his will for her life. She must believe and love the Lord.
Second, she must learn to be a devoted child of God with an open Bible and in prayer seeking God's guidance for her life and for her family.
You cannot separate these to parts of being the mother God intended one to be. One must be supported by the other.
2. Only the believer is saved and only the believer can be used of the Lord.
3. True belief can be tested. If it is true it will produce results in our lives. Faith that is true will be a committed faith that willingly seeks God's will for one's life.
4. Do you want the blessings of God within your life? The question if for men, women, boys and girls. Will you truly believe the Lord and let Him use you?
5. It that you true desire?