Summary: This messages examines why it was said of Mary,"For thou hast found favor with God."
"For thou hast found favor with God"
Text: Luke 1:26-38
-As we remember our mothers on this first mother’s day of the new century.
-I want us to go back 2,000 years and look at one of the greatest mother’s of all time.
-I am speaking about Mary, the mother of Jesus.
-We see in our passage in verse 30 that the angel Gabriel said to Mary, "For thou hast found favor with God."
-We need to ask the question.
-Why of all the Jewish virgins of that time was Mary chosen to bear and give birth to the Son of God?
-As a woman this mother’s day, I believe there is nothing greater that could be said about you than "For thou hast found favor with God."
I. SHE SUBMITTED TO THE WILL OF GOD
-Notice in v. 38, how Mary responds to all that the angel Gabriel had to say.
-Read v. 38.
-She describes herself as "the handmaid of the Lord"
-A handmaid is a female slave.
-She believes everything that God told Gabriel to tell her and totally surrenders herself, body, soul, and spirit over to the will of God.
-Notice she does not try to make excuses and try to get herself out of doing the will of God.
-Once the will of God is revealed to her, Mary just makes up her mind to do it.
-She purposes in her heart to live the surrended life for the Lord.
-Many a Christian today, struggles with submitting to and yielding to the know will of God for their lives.
-Then when their lives end up a mess, they just cannot understand it.
-The Apostle Paul instructs us to live the surrendered life.
-See Romans 12:1-2, Read.
-The reason most Christians have a difficult time knowing what the will of God is for their lives.
-Is number 1, they will not surrender their physical lives over to the Lord and number 2, they love the world to much and conform to much.
-So, number 1, this morning, Mary found favor with God because
SHE SUBMITTED TO THE WILL OF GOD.
II. SHE SAW HER NEED FOR A SAVIOUR
-Notice what Mary said in Luke 1:46-47.
-She recognized that she was a sinner and in need of a Saviour.
-She was humble.
-For a person to realize that they are a sinner and unable to save themselves shows hunility.
-That the reason people do not get saved is because of pride.
-Most folks think they are to good to be called a sinner and able to save themselves based on their good deeds.
-My dear friend that pride is going to end them up right in hell.
-Notice what the Bible says about humility.
-You see the Bible tells us "To up must go down first"
-You want God’s grace then humble yourself before.
-You want to be lifted up?
-Don’t lift yourself up.
-The devil tried it and he ended up being kicked out of the third heaven to the sides of the pit.
-If you want to be lifted up, then humble yourself in the sight of God and he will do the lifting.
-So, number 2, the reason Mary found favor with God was because she realized that she was a sinner and humbled herself in the sight of God.
-And He lifted her up!
III. SHE TAUGHT OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST
-Please turn to John 2:5.
-Notice what Mary tells the servants at the marriage in Cana of Galilee.
-This is the only commandment that Mary gives in the Bible.
-And it is a commandment to obey Christ.
-Mary reminds us all this morning, this Mother’s Day,
"...Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
-She did not say listen to me and do what I say.
-She did not say that you have to first go through me to
get to Jesus.
-When she spoke she simply said, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
-Mary is telling all of us this morning to be obedient to Christ and do what he tells you in His word.
-Christian today just as they have a struggle with submitting to will of Lord.
-They also have a struggle obeying God.
-The great hymn of the faith "Trust and Obey" tells us,
"Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in
Jesus, But to trust and obey"
-Read - 1 Peter 3:1-5.
-This morning we have seen three reasons why Mary
found favor with God.
*SHE SUBMIITED TO THE WILL OF GOD
*SHE SAW HER NEED FOR A SAVIOUR
*SHE TAUGHT OBEDIENCE FOR CHRIST
-This was a mother’s day message but I believe it applies to all of us.