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“What kind of person was Mary, the mother of Jesus?”—Linda
Mary’s story (Lk. 1:26-56; 2:1-20) has been told and retold countless times. Through the centuries, she has become larger than life.
For many folks she is almost untouchable, an object of veneration and the focus of much prayer and devotion.
According to the Scripture, she was indeed the mother of the King ... but it required some time for her to figure out what He was about (Lk. 2: 41-51; Mt. 12:46-50; Jn. 2:1-12).
She was alongside Him, from beginning to end. She experienced the terrifying pain of childbirth ... and raw, unmitigated anguish at His death.
She watched Him turn pink in that manger ... saw Him change water into a good cabernet ... and wept desperately, frantically, as the blood ran from the wounds of His crucifixion.
She saw Him alive again ... and was there in the room when the Spirit came at Pentecost (Acts 1, 2).
What are we to make of her? Does the angel calling her “blessed” and “favored” imply that she was not needy, fearful, or uncertain?
What we see in Mary, the mother of Jesus, is what we see in every one of us — the same worries and fears, the same grief and sorrow, the same joys and uncertainties as a parent, the same wonder and amazement, the same call to faith. Wasn’t she, after all, one more precious person in need of a Savior?
We cherish her story and revere her. We highly esteem Mary, realizing she was chosen for a unique role in the history of the world. She was a woman of genuine faith — not a God, no more saint or sinner than you or me — who responded to God’s call with humility, obedience and grace.
That makes her a most worthy role model for the rest of us.