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Roman Catholicism series #10: The Virgin Mary

Mary is without question the most blessed of all women.  Of all the women on the face of the earth, God chose this pure young virgin of the little town of Nazereth  to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  We honor her as a wonderful role model, especially to young ladies.  

Her amazing story it told in Luke 1:26-56. Betrothed to her beloved husband, Joseph; the announcement of the angel Gabriel that she would have a baby who would be conceived by the Holy Ghost  was  difficult and frightening news for her to comprehend; but in humility and obedience to God, she gave her permission.  She replied, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according to Thy Word.”  

In Matthew 1:18-25 the story picks up with Joseph discovering she is pregnant.  How devastated he must have been!   Then the angel explained how she had become pregnant by the Holy Ghost and Joseph was comforted  and submissive to God’s plan. 

Going back again to Luke 1:46-55  Mary breaks forth into her Magnificat,  a song of praise to God for what He was accomplishing through her life.  She understood that she, as a child of Adam, was a sinner like everyone else.  She rejoiced in God her Saviour. In Luke 2 we have the wonderful Christmas story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  You can read more about this in my CHRISTMAS series on this web site, as well as the vital doctrine of  the VIRGIN BIRTH. 

INTERRUPTIONS 

In Luke 11:27-28  and in Matthew 12:46-50 there are  parallel stories of Mary and some of her other sons  (No, Mary was not a perpetual virgin.)  coming on the scene and interrupting Jesus while He was teaching. A woman, noting Mary’s arrival,  drew the attention of the people from Jesus to Mary by announcing, “Blessed is the womb that bare Thee and the paps which Thou hast sucked.”  Jesus corrects this interruption by countering, “Yea, rather,  blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.” 

In the Matthew 12 account, Mary and some of Jesus’ brothers interrupted Jesus as He was teaching, desiring to talk to Him. Jesus took the occasion to teach another lesson.  He asked the question,  “Who is my mother and who are my brethren?”  Then He stretched out His hands to those listening to Him and said, “Behold my mother and my brethren!  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in Heaven, the same is my brother and sister and mother.” What He is saying here is that as close as blood ties are, there are even closer ties in the family of God.  

THE WARNING 

There is also a warning for us in this story.  The woman who spoke  in Luke 11:27 was actually distracting the people from Jesus’ message by turning their  attention to Mary.  Be warned that whenever we turn our attention from Jesus to someone or something else, that is sinful. As blessed as Mary is,  when we turn our attention from God’s Word and from Jesus to her or to anyone else, that becomes a sinful distraction.  Whenever we claim we are magnifying Jesus AND someone else,  the someone else gradually becomes more important than Jesus.  Don’t allow anyone or anything to distract you from Jesus and His Word  

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April 22, 2006 - Posted by | Roman Catholicism

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