Why Mary?

Mike Mazzalongo

Luke 1:25-56

One of the most difficult decisions that parents must make is who to appoint as guardians for their children in case both parents die at the same time. You think about who you would give your kids to if you are gone.

As this Sunday, Mother's Day approached I thought about God and wondered how He chose the one who would be the mother and raise the one who would become the savior of the world.

If it was me:

Of course God's ways are not man's ways and his criteria for choosing are different than mans. Look at who He chose to be the mother of the Savior:

When it came to choosing the mother of Jesus, God went against the grain --- why? Why Mary, what was it about her that put her into the most influential position any woman ever had or would ever have?

Why Mary?

I don't think God did a random search and came up with this girl named Mary who lived in Nazareth.

There were particular reasons why he chose her to become the mother of Jesus. Reasons you can see as you examine her life from the moment the angel announced the news of her pregnancy to the time when Jesus was crucified and resurrected.

First of all I believe that God saw that.

1. Mary was submissive - Lk.1:26-38

Submissive (the "S" word) simply means obedient.

We know she was submissive because she had already obeyed many of God's commands (long before she submitted to the angel's words). She was a virgin and had obeyed the commands regarding her sexual life --- even during the time of her engagement to be married.

Some think its ok to have sex when they're engaged but Mary knew better and obeyed. She was willing to trust and obey God even when what He was asking her seemed inconvenient and impossible.

Being obedient isn't always very high on a modern woman's agenda these days. Submissiveness is not a quality that you'll see Oprah or Riki Lake promoting.

In order to be pleasing, today's girl is told to:

What's interesting about Mary is that we have no physical description of her or of her lifestyle:

You see, God blesses a woman who goes against the grain and practices obedience.

Look at Mary and her blessings:

A. He gave her a terrific husband.

A man who was faithful to God and her. A man who was patient and kind. When he found out that she was pregnant, he married her anyway and waited until after the baby was born to have sex with her in order to obey God's command to him. A man who was a good father.

B. God gave her children

Mary had other children after Jesus and if you don't think having children is a real blessing --- ask those people who can't have any, what they would give to have a baby.

C. God gave her responsibility.

This girl was now responsible for the health and development of the Son of God, the Savior of the world. He also blessed her with another son, James, who is believed to have written one of the epistles in the Bible, and some scholars also believe the writer of the epistle of Jude was another one of her sons.

D. God gave her honor.

Honor is better than popularity because honor is a reflection of who you are, not who you know. Angel said "Hail, favored one."

Many girls today are afraid of not being pretty enough, popular enough, not making their mark on the world --- in doing this they forget that the only lasting and satisfying recognition and achievement is the honor given to us by God, not the approval or honor of man.

Mary demonstrated that what God is looking for, what makes a girl beautiful, competent, and worthy of His attention is her willingness to be obedient in a world that glorifies disobedience.

2. Mary Had A Servant - Heart.

In the most famous fairy-tale, Cinderella, the servant girl, becomes a princess and lives happily ever after. Being a servant is something you want to get away from, not be identified with in this world. But going "against the grain" requires us to go in exactly the opposite direction that everyone else is heading - disciples of Jesus are looking for opportunities to be servants - to express a servant-heart attitude.

We see this in Mary because in vs.38 she calls herself a servant and in vs.39 and 56 we see her demonstrating that attitude. Several months into her pregnancy she travels on foot to help her cousin Elizabeth in the final months of her pregnancy.

This wasn't just a card or flowers, this was cooking and cleaning and washing kind of help (while she herself was going through her own pregnancy). Mary was pleasing to God because she had a desire to help and serve in the way help was needed.

-She didn't know the song, "Make me a servant", but she knew the lifestyle --which is more important.

ยท Service is always inconvenient, it always cost something that's why it's against the grain --- but it's the way God weeds out those who are for Him from those who just say they are for Him.

- Those who are just singing the song from those who are living it !

3. Mary was submissive, serving and most of all she was a woman who Searched the Scriptures.

I want to read to you a beautiful prayer that she made when she met her cousin Elizabeth:

46And Mary said:
"My soul exalts the Lord, 47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48"For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49"For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50"And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51"He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52"He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53"He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54"He has given help to Israel His servant,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever."
- Luke 1:46-55

Do you realize that every passage here is a quotation from the Old Testament. Mary knew the Scriptures, she was mature in the word

I think we are a little confused when we discuss the role of woman in the church:

We need to remember that the soul has no sex, the human soul needs to be fed in order to survive. The church can't grow if only the men grow in wisdom and knowledge --- women must also grow in wisdom, knowledge, spiritual power so that they two:

Why Mary? Because Mary knew the word and so she knew who God was and could relate to what was happening to her without disbelief or going crazy. Only a person who knew the word understood about angels, the promise of the Messiah, God's power and the proper response.

Mary responded properly and secured for herself a place of honor for all of eternity because she knew the word.

Summary / Invitation

Don't get me wrong, Mary wasn't perfect. Not all of her children believed (James only believed after Jesus' resurrection.) And she was not a very visible or dynamic disciple while Jesus was alive.

But she had the qualities that God could work with to help her grow: She was obedient, willing to serve, and she was open to His Word.

In the end, God's choice of her to be the mother of Jesus was justified:

Mary wouldn't exactly match the model being promoted by the media concerning young mothers of today. But God isn't looking for that model.

He's looking for a woman who can go against the model of this world in order to be the woman of God for our day and time.

Whatever it is --- the blood of Jesus Christ can make you worthy, as a single woman, as a married woman, as a mother, regardless or your marital situation.