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REASONS WHY GOD CHOSE MARY AS THE MOTHER OF JESUS
The answer to this question, can be derived from the Bible through prophecies, thus:-
Luke 1:26-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
Old Testament prophesies that Jesus Christ would be born in David’s lineage is confirmed when angel Gabriel was sent from God to a young woman i.e. Mary, Joseph’s fiancée. Joseph came from David’s lineage. From the verse, we can therefore learn that, Mary was chosen because:-
Isaiah 7:14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
Luke 1:35 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Luke 1:32 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
Luke 1:32: Nathan’s prophecy that God would make David’s descendant rule over Israel forever is affirmed by angel Gabriel during the annunciation. The angel said, ‘.........the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David and will reign over the house of Jacob forever.’
Micah 5:1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 Now you are walled around with a wall;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel
upon the cheek.
Luke 2:5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the small town of Judah which was also the birth place of King David (Luke 2:5). This was in fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy Micah 5:1 about a ruler of Israel whom God would raise up from the town of Bethlehem.
Luke 1:30 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
God made her a favor (Luke 1:30)
We can therefore conclude that:
What lesson do Christians learn in choosing Mary to be the mother of Jesus?
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