National Association of Christian Ministers Summary Series

Mary, the mother of Jesus, holds a significant place in the New Testament (NT) as a central figure in the story of Jesus’ birth and early life. While the NT doesn’t provide an extensive biography of Mary, it does offer several key passages that provide insight into her role and character. Here is a brief overview of Mary’s life based on scriptural citations:

Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38): The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, who was likely a young woman living in Nazareth, and announced that she would conceive a son through the Holy Spirit and that he would be the Son of God. Mary humbly accepted this divine calling, responding, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, ESV).

Visitation (Luke 1:39-56): Mary visited her relative Elizabeth, who was also miraculously expecting a child (John the Baptist). Mary’s song of praise, known as the Magnificat, reflects her humility and faith in God’s plan.

Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7): Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for a census, where Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a manger.

Presentation at the Temple (Luke 2:22-38): Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, where Simeon and Anna recognized Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Flight to Egypt and Return (Matthew 2:13-23): After the visit of the magi, an angel instructed Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herod’s threat. They later returned to Nazareth.

Jesus’ Ministry and Crucifixion: While the NT doesn’t provide detailed information about Mary’s presence during Jesus’ ministry, she is mentioned as being present at significant events, including the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11) and Jesus’ crucifixion (John 19:25-27).

Post-Resurrection (Acts 1:14): Mary is mentioned as being with the disciples in the upper room after Jesus’ ascension, as they devoted themselves to prayer.

Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus and her faithfulness to God’s plan make her a revered figure in Christianity. Her willingness to submit to God’s will and her humility serve as examples of devotion and trust.