Mary…Blessed and Highly Favored (Luke 1:26-28)
Luke 1:26-28, And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
It was God’s plan from the beginning to send His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins of mankind (I Peter 1:19-21; Ephesians 3:9-11; Genesis 3:15). Who would be the woman God would entrust to conceive, deliver, and to raise His Son and our Saviour? What mother did He use, select, and trust? That answer is Mary.
Mary stands out as one of the most, if not the most, honored woman of all time. She was one who truly loved and followed the Lord with all her heart, mind, soul, and strength from her childhood to her death. It was evident that she had a heart that was humble, teachable, submissive, obedient, and worshiping. Mary is another great example of Biblical motherhood.
1. Mother’s Sacrifice (Luke 2:41) Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Parenting has always been a practice that demanded unseen sacrifice. It costs to have children today, but it is worth it all. Today, parents are bringing children into a fractured world with challenges the previous generations did not have to face. To put it bluntly, we are living in a godless society, that has abandoned the basic principles of life. I’ve heard people say, “I don’t know if I want to bring children into this world today”. Don’t you let this world tell you that it is too big of a job for God to give you a child and to raise them for Jesus Christ.
2. Mother’s Service (Luke 1:26-35) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (Luke 1:31)
Mary was a woman who was willing to be used by the Lord. She was at the place where God could speak to her and she could be used of the Lord for a mighty work. The Lord is seeking mothers who are willing to walk with Him and surrender their will to His. If you will wait on God, seek Him, walk with Him, and be there when He visits your life, God will do something in your life.
3. Mother’s Support (John 19:25) Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother,…
One of the most difficult things for a mother to endure is to see their child have to bear their cross. Bless the mothers who will stand by their child when their child is bearing their cross. The Bible teaches, other than John, all the disciples fled, but His mother was there. If you want to be a godly mother, be there for your children when everybody has forsaken them and fled. When He was mocked, spit upon, beaten, marred more than any other man, and nailed to a rugged tree, she stood by Him. This is the power of a mother’s love. A godly Biblical Christian mother will stand by their child when the entire world has turned against them.
PRAYER: LORD, I want to thank You for my mother, who loved me, labored for me, and has never left me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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