Summary: The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” - Luke 1:28 We could say that modern evangelicals have a too low view of Mary the mother of Jesus while other Church traditions have a too-high view of ..
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” - Luke 1:28
We could say that modern evangelicals have a too low view of Mary the mother of Jesus while other Church traditions have a too-high view of her. When someone called out during Jesus teaching, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you" (Luke 11:27). He replied succinctly that rather blessed are those people who obey God's words. In no way was Mary ever worshipped or prayed to, veneration though was simply where the early Church would respect a holy prophet, apostle or saint who was greatly used of the Lord. Such veneration did become worship in some Christian circles which God says that He alone is to be given glory (Psalm 115:1). The best any past saint, martyr can be is an example of how to live godly and to be an example of someone who preserved to the end in the faith (Jude 1:3). Some evangelicals have decided that any reverence of past believers is idolatry which is an over reaction to the abuses in veneration. In the book of Hebrews there is a famous list of saints who went before us (Hebrews 11) in the next chapter the conclusion is given "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) we should run this race of the Christian life. So in context we see that the Early Church had a view of reverencing the life's of past prophets and believers as examples to encourage them on their way to Heaven.
When we think of Mary the mother of Jesus we need to realize why in the early Church history she was called God-bearer (greek: Theotokos), another way to say that is mother of God. That sounds a wrong chord in the minds of modern evangelicals but when we investigate and realize that there were many Church councils and discussions on the Deity of Jesus Christ and if he was truly God in the flesh. False doctrines were forming claiming him not to be or in various forms not God in the true sense of God. When the entire Church came to the conclusion that Jesus was God fully since inception, he was begotten in eternity past and was begotten into Mary's womb. Therefore he was fully God in the womb and essentially that made Mary the actual mother of God in the flesh. Early Christians saw this as a very holy thing and not something trivial, of all women she was one that was called to be the Lord's servant (Luke 1:38) in one of the most wonderful ways. We should not be ashamed nor reluctant to consider Mary as one of the holy examples to us of a godly life in the Scriptures. And that God gave her the special place in the history of the world to bear God into the flesh. We simply think to little of this great example of a godly life and need to re-capture reverence for not only God but the things and ways God has worked through believers in the past.