Question:Who was Mary, the mother of Jesus?
Bible Answer: The New Testament has some very
interesting things to say about Mary, the mother of Jesus. We know that
she was a young woman when she first appears in the pages of scripture.
Luke 1:26-27 says that Mary was a virgin and was engaged to Joseph before
the angel told her that she would give birth to a son. The angel told
her that she would be "overshadowed" by the Holy Spirit - that
is how she would become pregnant with Jesus (Matthew 1::20-25). We know
that her husband was Joseph (Matthew 1:24-25).
Jesus was her first born from the womb (Luke 2:7). We know
that she had other children (Matthew 13:55-56). The names of the boys were
James, Joseph, Simon and Judas, but the names of her daughters we do
not know. We know that her husband was a carpenter (Matt 13:55).
She saw many wondrous things during her life because of
the things that happened to Jesus as well as the things that He did (Luke
2:19). Mary and Joseph saw Jesus listening and asking questions of the
religious teachers (Luke 2:41-52). Everyone who heard Him was amazed
at His understanding and answers. Some mothers would have been disturbed,
but Mary treasured all these things in her heart (Luke 2:51). His
mother had a most unusual boy because Jesus grew up as a child who gained "wisdom,
stature, and favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52).
She saw Jesus turn water into wine (John 2:1-12). After
that event the New Testament is silent about Mary until Jesus death.
John 19:25-27 says that she saw Jesus die on the cross - she stood near
the cross on which He died. Jesus loved His mother as is evident by the
fact that even while He was on the cross, He asked His favorite disciple
to take care of her upon His death (John 19:27). The final glimpse of
Mary occurs in Acts 1:14 where we are told that she joined the disciples
Gibbons summarized Marys life with,
Virginal modesty becoming the maid. Conjugal fidelity
and loyalty of the spouse. Untiring devotedness of the mother.
What he leaves out is the fact that Mary also had a spiritual side.
When God had asked her to give birth to Jesus, she responded with Behold
the hand maiden of the Lord, be it unto me according to Your Word (Luke
1:47). What a faithful, godly woman. She demonstrated her dependence
on a savior when she added, My spirit has rejoiced in God, my Savior
Conclusion:Mary was a godly woman and mother
of our Lord and Savior. We can only imagine how great her reward will
be some day in heaven for placing God above her comfort. I am sure she
suffered ridicule for the early pregnancy. She suffered as she watched
her son be mocked and die. But what joy she must have had when she saw
Him alive. This is a call for women to be godly, faithful followers of
Jesus and for married women to be examples to husbands and children in
all that God brings their way.