1. In the Bible we read about many special mothers who gave birth to children that God used to bless His people, including: a. Eve, "the mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20) b. Sarah, the mother of Isaac (Genesis 21:2-3) c. Jochebed, the mother of Moses (Exodus 6:20) d. Hannah, the mother of Samuel (1 Samuel 1:20) e. Elisabeth, the mother of John (Luke 1:57-60) f. Eunice, the mother of Timothy (2 Timothy 1:1-5). 2. While these mothers, and many others, deserve our appreciation, today we are focusing our attention on Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I. THE ANGEL GABRIEL INFORMED MARY THAT SHE WOULD GIVE BIRTH TO JESUS (Luke 1:26-38)
II. ALTHOUGH NOT BY NAME, MARY WAS MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
A. About 700 BC Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would give birth to a son who would be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). B. According to Matthew 1:18-23, Mary fulfilled this prophecy.
III. AS WE READ EARLIER IN LUKE 2:1-7, MARY GAVE BIRTH TO JESUS
A. The Lord's birth was a special occasion (Luke 2:13-14). B. As Joseph and Mary fulfilled their responsibilities under the Law of Moses, a man named Simeon informed Mary that she would go through a painful experience (Luke 2:34-35).
IV. MARY WENT THROUGH A TROUBLING EXPERIENCE WHEN JESUS WAS 12 YEARS OLD (Luke 2:48-51)
V. MARY HAD 4 OTHER SONS AS WELL AS DAUGHTERS (Mark 6:3)
VI. MARY GAVE SOME GOOD ADVICE AT THE MARRIAGE FEAST IN CANA (John 2:5)
VII. MARY WAS PRESENT WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED (John 19:25-27)
VIII. AFTER JESUS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN MARY WAS WITH HIS DISCIPLES IN JERUSALEM (Acts 1:13-14)
1. Mary is not to be worshiped, but she certainly deserves our appreciation. 2. In addition to giving birth to Jesus, let us appreciate Mary for her: a. purity b. submission to God's will c. submission to her Son's will d. faithfulness.