Mary Mother of Jesus: Bible study and commentary


Here is a Bible study on Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

Mary’s name

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is a very important person in the Bible, not only because she was the mother of Jesus, but because she made herself available to God for whatever he wanted. Its name comes from the Hebrew “Miryam” and means “sea of ​​bitterness”. Other suggested meanings taken from her name in Hebrew are “rebellion” (מרי mry), or “desired child” or “Our Lady” (ש”ע מריה Sha Mrih) and even “beloved lady” but whatever be the real meaning of her name, Mary has a place in biblical and human history unlike any other.She gave birth to the virgin Jesus Christ so that Jesus could save the elect from their sins.

Mary’s news

Mary was betrothed or betrothed to Joseph when “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he approached her and said: “Good morning, O favored one, the Lord is with you(Luke 1:26-28) but why does he say it happened “in the sixth month”? It was the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy from John the Baptist. angel, Mary”was very confused by this word and tried to discern what kind of greeting it might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God(Luke 1:29-30). Gabriel said to Mary “you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.(Luke 1:31-33). Mary couldn’t understand how it could be “since I’m a virgin?” And the angel answered him:The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the unborn child will be called holy – the Son of God(Luke 1:34-35). The announcement Mary received was the long-awaited news that the nation of Israel had been waiting for since the prophets of old spoke, as with Isaiah of the coming Emmanuel (Isaiah 7).

Mary’s reaction

Most people may not react to this news the way Mary did. On the one hand, she was a virgin and therefore it was impossible for her to give birth to a child. She had never known a man before but Gabriel told her “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Mary believed Gabriel, the messenger of God, and said “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it happen to me according to your word. And the angel left her” (Luke 1:38). What a beautiful description of Mary’s humility and submission to the will of God. She simply said “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it happen to me according to your word.” How many of us would say and do what Mary did, even if it seemed impossible? Doesn’t God speak to us without a messenger in His Word, the Bible?

Mary’s conception

Mary was part of the same royal line of Jesus Christ. Mary’s family lines go all the way back to King David and then even further to Abraham (Matthew 1:16), making Jesus David’s rightful heir and descendant. Jesus was also from the tribe of Judah whose scepter was said to never depart (Gen 49:10) which was required of the coming Messiah. “When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they reunited, she was found pregnant with the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18) and this was of course referred to Jesus Christ, who was predicted to be born of a virgin where it was written by Isaiah the prophet that “the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel(7:14).


Mary is not the mother of God. Mary was human and, like all of us, she falls short of the glory of God (Rom 3:10-12, 23). Mary needed a Savior just like us. This Savior seeks to draw others into the kingdom through repentance and belief (Mark 1:15) in the Son of God for eternal life (John 3:16) and complete forgiveness of all iniquities (Rom 5:1 -11). a person who rejects that of Christ, rejects grace and accepts the wrath of God (John 3:36b).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Editor of What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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