Mary was a direct
witness of the angelic pronunciation of Christ’s kingship.
Luke 1:26-35 26Now
in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in
Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose
name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was
Mary. 28And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored
one! The Lord is with you." 29But she was very perplexed
at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30The
angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor
with God. 31"And behold, you will conceive in your womb
and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32"He will
be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God
will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will
reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no
end." 34Mary said to the angel, "How can this be,
since I am a virgin?" 35The angel answered and said to
her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most
High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be
called the Son of God.
to verse 29 Mary was perplexed and trying to understand what was going on.
was told the son would
Son of the Most High
would possess the throne of David
would reign over Israel
reign would never cease
would be called the Son of God
Later, at His
birth the shepherds showed up talking about angels and strange doings and the
Bible says the following about Mary.
Luke 2:17-19When they had seen this, they made
known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18And
all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the
shepherds. 19But Mary treasured all these things, pondering
them in her heart.
Her idea of
Jesus’ greatness was confirmed by the shepherds.
shepherds were not held in high esteem. Their testimony was not considered
message did not contradict her idea of Jesus as a political king.
later, when Jesus was able to hold His own against the Temple scholars, showing Himself to be a child
prodigy the Bible says…
·Luke And He
went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these
things in her heart.
Again it was
the fact that He was a prodigy that she focused on.
The fact that
He could discuss the Scriptures with authority still fed her preconception
of Him as a king. The Levitical law, in discussing the job of a king,
commanded the following:
·Deuteronomy 17:19-20a “He must always keep this
copy of the law with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he
will learn to fear the Lord his
God by obeying all the terms of this law. 20This regular reading
will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow
citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the
When Jesus began
His ministry though, she began to get an inkling that her expectations were
Mark 3:14-21 And
He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send
them out to preach, 15and to have authority to cast out the
demons. 16And He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave
the name Peter), 17and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the
brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges,
which means, "Sons of Thunder"); 18and Andrew, and
Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and
Simon the Zealot; 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.
20And He came home, and the crowd gathered again, to such
an extent that they could not even eat a meal. 21When His
own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they
were saying, "He has lost His senses."
“His own people” is literally the term “His kinsmen” or “His family”
His kinsmen did not reject Him until He began to get serious about His
ministry. It wasn’t until He began to turn from the path they had laid out
for him that they rejected Him.
He had lost His senses! Hardly the vote of confidence that would lead you
to think they believed in His status as Messiah.
Lest you think
that the people who thought He had lost His senses were not direct family but
members of His tribe or village; or perhaps His brothers and sisters chose to
disbelieve but Mary had faith, look just a few verses later in the same
Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing
outside they sent word to Him and called Him. 32A crowd was
sitting around Him, and they said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You." 33Answering
them, He said, "Who are My mother and My
about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, "Behold My mother and
My brothers! 35"For whoever does the
will of God, he is My brother and sister and
with his brothers. She was standing by them – not Him.
Mary was listed
as also desiring His attendance, not merely His brothers.
to even go outside to talk to them or invite them inside. This doesn’t
help those who believe that Mary has influence over her Son.
rejection of their invitation specifically included His mother (vv. 22-35)
by His own kinsmen and people was confirmed by John.
·John 1:10-11He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did
not know Him. 11He came to His own, and
those who were His own did not receive Him.
Jesus’ family were not the only ones to reject Him. Here is a
classic example of the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt.”
Mark 6:1-6 Jesus went out
from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. 2When
the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many
listeners were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these
things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these
performed by His hands? 3"Is not this the carpenter, the
son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and
Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense
at Him. 4Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without
honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own
household." 5And He could do no miracle there except that
He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6And He
wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.
acknowledged His wisdom and His miracles (v.2) but they could not wrap
their minds around the fact that a local boy could be the Messiah.
village rejected Him and the text specifically states that their unbelief
was based on their familiarity with His family (including Mary) and that
this familiarity fed their contempt.
half-sisters were apparently part of the unbelieving crowd. (v.3)
referring to His lack of honor or respect, made sure to mention His own
relatives and household. Relatives could include distant cousins but
“household” can only mean immediate relatives.
miracles He was able to do did not include His family.
As a result of His own family’s rejection
Jesus found it necessary to establish the following principle.
Luke 14:26 "If anyone comes
to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children
and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My
·Matthew 10:36-37 and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF
HIS HOUSEHOLD. 37" He who loves father or mother more
than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or
daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
It is admittedly difficult to understand how Mary, who had seen the
angel and the miracle at Cana could fail to believe in Him. However, even
His closest disciples did not believe even though they had seen hundreds of
miracles including raising dead Lazarus! And today we are faced with the same
decision. We have the witness of the Apostles, the hundreds of others who say
the resurrected Christ, the Scriptures and two thousand years of Christian
testimony telling us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. What do you