Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus: The story is so familiar. The “Hail Mary” prayer, which is recited by Catholics, talks of Mary being the mother of God. This is logical, mainly because she carried Him for nine months and gave birth. God we know was the father, because clearly Luke’s gospel points that out. However, she bore Him and raised Him, but the pregnancy was all God’s doing.

Luke’s gospel shows the bloodline between King David and Mary and to be sure it was not a perfect Jewish bloodline, as Ruth was not a Jew but a Moabite, a gentile. Matthew documents the bloodline between King David and Joseph, but we know Joseph was not the father biological father of Jesus. God was.

Jesus is our intercessor

Through the centuries, some have deified Mary, raising her to a level far above that which the Bible explains. People pray to Mary as an intercessor, but in truth, Jesus is our intercessor, the only one between us and God the Father.

Give her all credit for being obedient to God, being a great mom, but she and Joseph raised a family and she had other children to consider. Like all other Biblical characters, other than Jesus, Mary was flawed. She had doubts and fears, plus a deep concern for the well being of her son. Mary was an ordinary person placed in an extraordinary position.

She knew she was blessed, as indicated by her song in Luke 1. But was she the mother of God, or a surrogate?

God created man by taking dust from the ground and breathing life into it. The dust became flesh.

The Gospel of John provides the first clue of Jesus’ complete parentage. John points out that the WORD became flesh. In the case of Christ, the dust did not become flesh.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Christ was not formed from the dust of the earth

Christ, God with us, fully man and fully God, was not formed from the dust of the earth. If it were possible for flesh made from dust could save the world, then there is no reason why a Messiah would be necessary.

Man brought sin into the world, but he could not remove it. Only God can do that. The one who died on the cross was completely of God. He had no sin. He had no corruption of the body, as He rose on the third day. Mary’s flesh would return to dust because of the fallen world. Christ was beyond that.

Jesus had to be perfect

The Messiah had to be perfect. Like the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, the Lamb of God had to be spotless and without blemish. Mary was given the honor of carrying Christ and she sang out:

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced on God my savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)

The DNA of Christ did not come from Mary. Otherwise he would have had blemish and would have lacked the Godly credentials to be the savior of mankind. Mary, like all of us, was not sinless and required a savior. Had she been a part of his DNA or contributed to her pregnancy, the blood of Christ would not be precious. He would have been flawed.

Jesus was not of this world

Jesus was not of this world, as he said many times. He was from heaven, from above. Nor was he the son of David, as many wanted to believe. The pharisees pressed this matter, thinking that the Messiah would be of that lineage, but Jesus told them:

If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”

And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore, (Matthew 22: 43). When he talked of His world, he said He was going about His father’s business, not David’s.

Jesus fully man and fully God

Jesus was fully man and fully God, but not from Mary. He did not inherit Mary’s DNA and thus would have been a demigod. The WORD became flesh. Moreover, Jesus stopped people from calling Mary his mother:

Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.” But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew12:47-50)

Jesus never addressed Mary as His mother

Jesus never addressed Mary as “mother.” When Jesus was on the cross, Mary and others, including the Apostle John, were there. He said to her:

“Woman behold your son” (John 19:26)

When Mary asked Jesus to help with the wine at the wedding at Cana, He replied:

Dear woman, why do you involve me. My time has not yet come.” (John 3:4)


Before time, Jesus had flesh and existed before His birth as a baby. It was Jesus who wrestled with Jacob. He met with Abraham. There are so many examples of the pre-incarnent Christ. No man had, or has ever seen the face of God. But they saw the face of the Messiah.

Mary did not give Jesus His DNA

Mary did not contribute to the DNA of Jesus. The WORD became flesh. He was in the world but not a part of the world and had no blood relatives.

Mary was not the “mother of God,” nor was she, in the beliefs of so many, a perpetual virgin. She was obedient to God, did as He commanded, and yes, she is blessed among women. She just wasn’t the mother of Jesus, but a surrogate.