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.
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).
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.