Religious Studies Paper on A Biographical Study of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

A Biographical Study of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Introduction

                 Amongst many Christians, Mary is venerated as the mother of Jesus Christ. Mary was of nobility but was very humble before God. She faithfully believed in Jesus Christ. She hailed from the line of David and the tribe of Judah. She was of Jewish descent[1]. Nevertheless, the Jewish people had been suppressed as a result of Israel being held in captivity for a number of years[2]. Furthermore, domination of Israel by foreign powers had led to waning of Israel’s influence over other nations. Mary was as poor as a mouse and she humbled herself before the Lord. She was a peasant. She was a very obedient woman and her faith made her to have an obedient spirit (Acts 13:22). Mary had lived in city of Nazareth for a number of years while engaged to Joseph, who was a carpenter. Mary had two known siblings namely Zechariah and Elizabeth. The research methodology used in this paper is qualitative. This is because the information that is being used in the research is already present. Secondary sources of information such as the NIV bible Version are used. The primary objective of putting down this paper is to give a biography of Mary, the mother ofJesus and establish her significance in the Bible and how this is relevant to our contemporary society.

Body

                 Mary, the mother of Jesus is also referred using other names such as Saint Mary, Virgin Mary, the Madonna or the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is a symbol of the beginning of Christianity5. In the Gospel of Acts, Mary is regarded as the founder of Christianity. Christianity symbolizes purity, hope, courage, humility, faith in God and love. To give further impetus into this argument, Mary was a virgin. Virginity symbolizes purity and cleanliness. Purity means being free of sin hence adored. This is primary reason God, the Father chose a virgin who was conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Lord and gave birth to His Son Jesus Christ who would the world from sin. The gospel of Isaiah foretold that the Son of God would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Prophet Isaiah was sent by God to proclaim the news to the people of Israel1.

                 The virginity of Mary symbolizes purity in the religion which states that Christians should be free of blemish that is free of sin2. Mary was chosen as a servant of God since she was a woman of faith. In the contemporary society, Mary is regarded as one of the most important women in the world. Mary fulfilled a very special purpose in world. The primary mission of Jesus was to free mankind from sin and evil doing. Mary was chosen from a very large number of Jewish maidens to fulfil this mission. However, at first Mary was very frightened and afraid at first since she did not understand the mission of Jesus as told by Angel Gabriel. Mary was obedient and took to heart whatever Angel Gabriel had told her. This shows the human element of Mary that is rarely seen in the scriptures.

                 Mary was both a heavenly and earthly mother. Additionally, Mary gave birth to another son whom she named James and continued sharing the Gospel of Christianity in the Book of Acts. Mary had humility in her since she did not show any signs of rebellion. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger while in Bethlehem. She had been accompanied by her husband, Joseph and they were going to pay their taxes. After 40 days of Jesus’ birth, Mary presented and dedicated her Son Jesus Christ to the temple (Luke 2:21-38). She was received by Prophet Simeon who foresaw the fall of Jesus Christ and told Mary that her soul would be pierced one day. When Jesus was thirty three years, she was crucified and Mary’s soul was pierced as she was present during Jesus’ crucifixion where her Son was on the cross. Mary loved and cared for her Son. Mary played a key role in initiating Jesus in religion (Christianity). When Jesus attained the age of twelve years she took him to the temple.

                 She was always worried of Jesus actions that He would one day get in trouble with the leaders in authority.As a result, she took Jesus with her other sons to Capernaum as an act of preventing Jesus from getting into trouble with authorities[3]. Mary also symbolizes a woman that was full of hope and courage. She had belief in Jesus’ abilities which led to her asking Jesus to provide wine at a party in Canaan. This also clearly shows that Mary was confident in Jesus’ abilities that He would be the saviour of the earth and proclaim mankind from sin. Mary also regularly attended the teachings of her Son, Jesus Christ. She once watched Jesus preaching in Galilee (Mark 3:31-35).

                 Mary devotion towards God the Lord is manifested in the song she sang glorify the Lord that he is blessed. The song that Mary sang is commonly referred to as the Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55)[4]. This clearly signifies Mary’s divinity in the Lord. She was divine. She was a woman of faith and had an obedient spirit. Mary’s role as the leader of her family clearly comes forward as she was the one provided love towards Jesus and nurtured Him[5]. She nurtured Him through his early years by ensuring that Jesus visited the temple regularly to learn the teachings of the Lord.

Conclusion

                 Mary’s role in the Bible is clearly apparent. She was a divine woman, had faith in God and was obedient hence she was chosen to be the servant of the Lord. Mary is mentioned in scattered scriptures throughout the Bible hence it is not easy to come up with a vivid and coherent biography. Nevertheless, Mary is a vivid character in Bible and actions and role in the Bible is clearly known.

References

Bible, Holy. “New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by

Biblica, Inc.” Genesis (2013): 37-41.

Dowling, Levi. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Courier Corporation, 2012.


[1] Bible, Holy. “New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.” Genesis (2013): 37-41.

[2] Dowling, Levi. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Courier Corporation, 2012

[3] Bible, Holy. “New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.” Genesis (2013): 37-41.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Dowling, Levi. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Courier Corporation, 2012.