The Real Mary

Scott McKnight has a new book, (so brand new I haven’t read it), titled The Real Mary. No doubt about it, Mary has intrigued Christ-followers for centuries. Her unqualified “yes” to the God, her availability to a mission, her nearness to the Messiah, her full obedience in a broken world in contrast to Eve’s disobedience in paradise are all reasons we somehow get back to a discussion about Mary. As Max Lucado points out (and I paraphrase) at the one person who knew more of God’s plan than any other on planet earth was a young teenage girl fighting pimples in an out of the way Judean village who had no pedigree and no future. But her yes to God changed the world. “Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.”

 Here is a link to an article by Scott on Mary in Christianity Today.

No, I’m not a Roman Catholic – just in case all you heresy hounds out there thought you sniffed out a new victim.

5 thoughts on “The Real Mary

  1. Few Christians understand why Jesus had to be God;or why we as Christians have been given the Holy Spirit. And you want to talk about Mary?!

  2. Well, I’m not Roman Catholic, but I’m married to one and I go with him to mass on Saturdays. While I don’t venerate Mary and don’t sing along with most of the Mary hymns, I do think there is a lot to learn by studying Mary and her response not only to God’s plan but to her son, Jesus. In his book, “Prayer,” O. Hallesby devotes considerable print to the way Mary petitions Jesus at the wedding at Cana. It was eye-opening reading for me and has changed the way I pray. I marvel at the joy Mary possessed while obeying a divine plan that placed her in a precarious and embarrassing position. Perhaps reading the scriptures about Mary illuminates the reasons why Jesus had to be God, why we have been gifted with the Holy Spirit, and any number of other truths. I began my marriage with ambivalent feelings about Catholicism, which developed into the typical evangelical knee-jerk feelings, but have slowly evolved to an appreciation of the faith as I come to see more common ground and shrinking divisions. I enjoy reading Peter Kreeft on this subject. He hasn’t managed to convert me yet, but I always give him the chance to try!
    On a personal note, Don, I have enjoyed stopping by your blog from time to time, although this is the only time I have left a comment. It was treat to see the photo of your boys. In my scrapbook, I have the church bulletin from the Sunday that you baptized me (September of ’81?). That bulletin includes an announcement of Jonathan’s birth. You may not remember that I babysat him, and certainly he does not, but I can recall giving him baths, changing his diapers, feeding him, and rocking him to sleep.

  3. God thought she was important enough to be talked about. He had it written in His book. Seems to me Mary is a significant person in our Lord’s life and being that time of the year, I think the topic is right on.

  4. Linus remembered and quoted the Bible when Charlie Brown wanted to know the reason for Christmas. There are many movies and books that talk about God. And there are many characters in the Bible that are godly. But the reason for the season, as Linus said, is the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Emphasizing this and proclaiming His name, especially in this season, separates true Christianity from a “form of godliness” that is so prevalent today. Let us not forget that the main focus of Christmas should not be the good feelings, presents, and seaonal “love” that the world shows. The main focus is the birth of Him who did for us what we could never do for ourselves- He paid the price for sin so that we could enjoy eternity with Him and His Father.

  5. Amen, brother! You are absolutely correct and He started His life on earth humbly as a babe in a manger with his mother, Mary craddling Him in her arms. And Joseph standing by and lots of animals and stars and shepherds. I love that story. It does make me feel good.

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