We thank the Lord for the faithfulness of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Let’s read her own words in Luke 1:46-49, “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.”  It’s easy to see Mary’s humility in her words.  Even the Lord looked favorably upon her lowliness and blessed her with such an incredible work; she would give birth to the very Son of God.  She submitted herself to do the Lord’s will and so it is proper that all generations should call her blessed.  This was the character that she wished to be known by, as the blessed, or happy one who served the Lord so greatly.

Of course, this wondrous privilege did not come without its own sorrows and heartache.  When Mary and Joseph took the Baby Jesus to Jerusalem, they met a righteous and devout man named Simeon.  Let’s read Luke 2:34-35 which says, “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.””  I’m sure the words of Simeon startled Mary as this man held her newborn baby.  Mary must have been hurt many times as she saw that her son was hated and rejected by so many people.  Even her other sons did not believe on the Lord Jesus while He lived on the earth as we read in John 7:5, “For neither did his brethren believe in him.”  Then, Mary stood by the cross of her son when He was crucified.  Surely a sword pierced her soul.

In spite of Mary’s humility and obedience; in spite of her sufferings as she watched her son in His rejection and death, there is not a hint in scripture of Mary being a queen, either of earth or Heaven.  There is nothing to indicate that Mary went to Heaven without dying.  Although she was mightily used of the Lord, Mary was a sinner, just like you and me.  Notice the words of Mary that we read in Luke 1:47, “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”  This shows us that Mary needed salvation just like we all do and she acknowledged God as her savior.  Mary was saved through faith, even as all Christians have been saved through faith.

It is also unscriptural to reference Mary as the ‘Mother of God’.  Mary was the mother of the man Jesus Christ.  Of course, as God, the Lord Jesus is eternal, without beginning or end.  As man, Mary gave Him birth.  There is nothing in the Bible that speaks of Mary as the ‘Mother of God.’  That thought is far removed from the truth of who Christ is as the eternal God and who Mary is.  She is the blessed one that was willingly used of the Lord to give birth to the Lord Jesus Christ.  (156.9)