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Today is Mothers day here in Australia, so lets celebrate all the mums today with. 

Mary. A Model for Modern Mothers

Text

Luke 1:28 (ESV)

28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”

Scripture Reading

Luke 1:26-35 and Luke 1:46-56 (ESV)

Prayer

Father, we thank you for the beauty of this day.

Gracious is your love and generous is your kindness.

We rejoice today in all that you mean to us and all that you have done for us.

We come today in worship, bringing not only our prayers, but also our offerings, asking that you receive them and bless them for the advancement of your kingdom. 

Grant us this day a reverent, worshipful spirit with ears that truely hear and hearts that respond positively to your will.

It is in Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

We should look for models to imitate in the Scriptures.

Today on mothers day, let us have a look at Mary, the mother of our Lord. As a great model for motherhood.

Let us discover something about her faith and faithfulness.

Let us consider the fruit of her motherhood so that we may identify some factors that contributed to her success as a mother.

  1. Mary was chosen for a mission. 

Our Scripture today Luke 1:28 (ESV) says

28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”

Mary became the mother of Jesus  by way of a miraculous conception.

Jesus was born of a virgin.

He had an earthly mother without an earthly father.

Because of His love for us, God chose to become flesh and blood, and to do so, He came as a baby, born by a miraculous virgin conception.

But is was not Mary’s virginity alone that qualified her uniquely for becoming Jesus’ mother.

A. Mary was a devout worshipper of the true God.

B. Try was pure in mind and heart and body.

C. Mary was humble, realising her dependance on God.

D. Mary was obedient to God’s will.

E. Mary was willing to do what God had planned for her.

F. Mary had an attitude of gratitude.

She was thankful that God used her to further His work.

G. Mary was consistent and self controlled.

These are qualities needed by modern mothers as well as by the mother of Jesus.

2. Mary was chosen to be a model.

Mary was not just chosen for a mission, she was also chosen to be an example for other mothers.

  1. Mary responded positively to God’s plan for her life.

Once she knew God’s will, she desired to participate as God had planned.

B. Mary magnified the Lord in song for His goodness and mercy.

God puts a song in the hearts of those who trust Him 

C. Mary worshipped the mighty God of Israel.

Luke 1:49 (ESV) says

49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

Mary’s God was no weakling.

He was the great God, the creator of the universe.

He was God on the throne, and she responded to His authority.

D. Mary worshipped the merciful God.

Luke 1:50 (ESV) says

50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

Humanity needs mercy more than justice.

God is eager to forgive and to help the undeserving.

E. Mary worshipped the helping God.

Luke 1:54 (ESV)

54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

God’s love expresses itself in a persistent attitude of good will and helpfulness to His people.

The Psalmist described the God of Israel in Psalm 46:1 (ESV) as God Is Our Fortress

46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Mary felt this assistance from God, and she became a helper to Him in His work of helping others.

3. Mary suffered the pains of motherhood.

Much pain is associated with the birth experience.

Even greater pains lie along the pathway of life for some mothers, and Mary endured these pains.

  1. When Jesus was twelve years old, Mary found it difficult to understand Him.

Luke 2:49-50 (ESV)

49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 

50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.

Mary could sympathise with modern mothers of teenagers.

B. Later Mary’s other children were indifferent to Jesus’ true identity.

They did not accept Him to be who and what He really is until after His resurrection.

C. Mary no doubt felt much pain when Jesus was rejected by the people of His home town, Nazareth.

Luke 4:28-29 (ESV)

28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 

29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.

D. Mary suffered the horrible shame of seeing her Son arrested, falsely accused, convicted, condemned, and crucified.

John 19:25 (ESV)

25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

In no way can we fully comprehend the agony in Mary’s heart during these terrible hours of Jesus’ suffering.

4. Mary worshipped a risen and ruling Saviour.

After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, Mary was present with those who had rejoiced in His victory over death.

She was with them as they prayed in anticipation of the Holy Spirit’s coming in Acts 1:14 (ESV)

14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Conclusion.

Mary is an excellent model for contemporary mothers.

Hers was a life of great faith, made evident by her song called the magnificat, which Luke recorded in Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;

53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Mary’s heart was intone with God as she was constantly open to His will.

Her prayer was dialogue rather than monologue.

Remember, an open Bible and open minds result in passionate hearts.

Mary believed that God’s will was good, and it was something to desire instead of something to merely undergo.

Mary, as a good role model for mothers everywhere, encourages us to purity, prayer, and participation in God’s will.

Until next time

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