Jesus & Mary (His Mother) – A Woman After God’s Own Heart (For Today)
Mary, The Mother of Jesus – A Woman After God’s Own Heart
The parent-child relationship between Mary and Jesus is the most intimate love relationship between two people found in the Bible. Mary is the ideal role model for any woman of God – faithful mother, disciple, and friend.
The Bible shows that Mary and Joseph were the only two individuals who knew Jesus was the Messiah. They knew He was God in the flesh of a human body. Mary and Joseph were so prevalent in raising Jesus during His solitary years. Since Joseph died during Jesus’ solitary years, Mary played a significant role in Jesus’ upbringing. She nurtured Him from infancy, cradled Him, spoke God’s Word to him, shared the Incarnation story of His birth, and prayed with Him. Mary has the ideal heart that God is looking for in each one of us.
Mary (as a very young teenager) was afraid when the angel Gabriel visited her to announce that she would conceive God’s Son through the Holy Spirit. Fear is very understandable. It is not every day that a young teenager would announce that she is pregnant and God is the father of the baby. We can imagine the fear that was overcoming Mary. If that would occur today, we would ensure this young lady receives psychiatric care. It just does not happen, nor is it acceptable. Instead, the Bible tells us that the next time Jesus comes, He will be riding a white horse. He will not be conceived again in a woman’s womb. Man’s ways are not God’s ways.
Yet, Mary persistently said “Yes” to God. She trusted God totally in believing the angel Gabriel’s announcement. She knew that no job is ever too big for God. If God wanted to accomplish His salvation plan through her, she joyfully obliged to be a vessel of His grace.
The world has never been the same thanks to Mary’s “Yes!” 2000 years ago a young teenager from Nazareth said “Yes” to God. God stepped out of eternity and into time conceived in the womb of a young virgin. How grateful we must be for Mary’s “Yes!” May the many times we say “Yes” to God also bring Him glory.
We see Mary rarely involved in Jesus’ public ministry. We see her behind the scenes supporting her son. We see her in intercessory prayer for Him preaching the gospel. We also know of the close parent-child bond they had towards one another, right up to the time Jesus died on the cross.
God the Father certainly chose a precious woman to carry His Son in her womb for nine months. This woman needed to be extraordinarily special. She needed to have the highest love and passion in her heart to love God. This meant she was probably the most humble of any person during her lifetime. She needed to be “a genuine woman after God’s own heart.” Mary was very special indeed and God was delighted with His choice. That is why God, through angel Gabriel, told Mary, “Greetings, favored one. You are blest among women. For God is with you. Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God.”
Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) exalts the Lord and shows her heart as God’s heart. As you read this part of it, remember that Mary is rejoicing at the news that she is carrying the Son of God. She is to be His mother. Luke 1:46-50 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him.”
If Jesus lives in you, you are just as precious and special in God’s eyes as Mary was. If Jesus lives in you, you carry in the spirit body the living Christ, the living God. God trusts you so much with that. That’s awesome.
Take the example of Mary into your heart. Take the example of Mary being “a woman after God’s own heart.” Ponder in your heart the depths of this meaning. Treasure Jesus Who lives in you. The living God in the person of Jesus Christ has made your heart His home. Cherish Him. Rejoice as Mary rejoiced. Ponder as Mary pondered. (Luke 2:19, 34-35) Stay close to the heart of Jesus.
If you have never given your life to Jesus, I implore you to consider doing it now. See the joy from the heart, despite future sufferings, that Mary exhibited for God. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Will you now open it and give your life to Him?