Monday, May 8, 2017

The Truth As Far As I Can Tell... Mary, Mother of Jesus


The Truth As Far As I Can Tell…
 
Luke 1:46-49
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.”
 
            Mother’s day is coming—May 14th—a wonderful opportunity to honor our mothers for giving us life and for all they have done to make us who we are.
Mary was the mother of Jesus, our Lord.  Little is written about Mary after the stories of Christ’s birth, but she exemplifies many of the traits of motherhood.  Mary was always part of Christ’s story—nurturing, supporting, and encouraging—even if she was not mentioned by name.  Our mothers’ influence is always part of who we become.
Mary was not the central character in the Gospel, but that’s OK.  Mary never needed the focus to be on her.  Mary knew the focus should always be on her son Jesus instead.  Jesus is Lord, not Mary.  Jesus is the Savior, not Mary.  Jesus is the Son of God.  Jesus is the one who takes away our sins, who answers our prayers, who directs our path. 
I think it would disturb Mary if we spent too much time honoring her.  She would say, “Why are you giving me all this attention?  Don’t look to me!  Don’t worship me! I’m just a person like you.  Please! Please, look at my Son over there!  Isn’t he wonderful?”  Oh that we all had that attitude.  This life is not about us!  It is about Christ!
 
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus!
Look full in his wonderful face
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of his glory and grace!”
 
However, Mary was important.  She was faithful, devoted, loving, and true.  She raised our Lord and helped him grow into the man we read about in our Bible, and the man who rose from the grave, and who walks with us today.  And Jesus loved his mother. There was a special bond between Mary and her son.
So as we come to Mother’s Day, let us honor the women who have helped make us who we are.  And let us learn humility, faithfulness, and devotion from Mary who loved her son sacrificially and always pointed away from herself toward him—the only One who is truly worthy of praise.  She said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”   Of course, I’m no expert and certainly don’t claim to know everything, but that’s the Truth as far as I can tell…
 
God loves you and so do I!