Women of Christmas II
The Women of Christmas
Elisabeth, Mary, Anna
Mary, the mother of Jesus
Primary Scripture references: Matthew 1,2; 12, 46-50; 13:55; Mark 3:31-35
Luke 1, 2; 8:19,20 John 2:1-11; 7:5; 19:25-27; Acts 1:14
Mary was a person with depth of character and strong inner strength that stemmed from a confident relationship with God.
Mary and the Incarnation
An example of an ultimate submission and surrender to God’s will.
Mary and the Magnificant
Her soul magnified (made large) the Lord
Elisabeth and Mary rejoiced together.
Mary and the Birth of Christ
The strenuous journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem
No room at the Inn
Mary “pondered” (consider deeply, thoroughly) Luke 2:19
Mary at the Presentation at the Temple
Her reaction to Simeon: she marveled
Simeon’s parting words, “a sword shall pierce through thy own soul” would have led Mary to acknowledge her own personal sacrifice.
What to learn from Mary:
- Surrender to God’s will is of utmost importance
- Sharing in the joys of others increases our own joy.
- Discomforts are passages to better things.
- Some things are better to hold within our hearts only.
Mary of Nazareth, our example of confidence gained from walking consistently with God.