by Austin Avenue NewsletterThe Mother of God's Son
"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons" (Gal. 4:4,5).
The world needed a Redeemer. Held hostage by Satan, guilty before God, condemned by His law of right and wrong, and facing eternal pain, man was hopeless. At just the right time, when we were still powerless (cf. Rom. 5:6ff), God sent His Son to redeem us!
But how came the Redeemer? Did He arrive, preceded by trumpet blasts, at the head of armies, striking in stalwart strength and majesty?
"They all were looking for a king, to slay their foes and lift them high: Thou camest a little baby thing, that made a woman cry." -George MacDonald.
The birth and early events in the life of God's own Son are reported in startling simplicity. A painful journey, travail in a stable, the newborn laid in a manger, the mother's poor gifts offered for her purification, escape to Egypt from Herod's murderous intent, adolescent years in quiet Nazareth surroundings, a brief glimpse of a twelve-year-old's journey to a feast...until "Jesus was himself about thirty years old when He began His ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph..." (Luke 3:23). "So it was thought..." In fact, He was Mary's son, the Son of the living God.
And how does God prepare One to redeem a fallen world from sin? He searches the world for a woman to bear His Son, to become a mother of the Divine Infant. He found a mother for Jesus, in Mary, "a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David." Amid her bewilderment, she displayed her trust in God: "‘I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said....'" (Luke 1:27,38). Such service to the Lord did Mary offer! And after "about thirty years" of devoted love and daily training, she surrendered her Son in behalf of our redemption from hell.
May God continue to bless us with such mothers-mothers who conceive, carry, give birth to, nurture, protect-and shape their children so God can use them. God used the mother of Jesus in these ways. He is still using God-fearing mothers in these ways today. Let us thank them. Let us thank Him.
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