12 Christmas Characters: Mary

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

Mary was engaged to Joseph the Carpenter. When Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Gabriel told Mary that she was favored by God and that he had chosen her to have His son. Mary asked how this could happen because she was a virgin. Gabriel answered her and said:

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God - Luke 1:35-37

Mary's response is remarkable: I am the Lord's servant; may it be to me as you have said. She willingly and obediently agreed to a plan that was sure to bring questions, judgement, gossip, scorn and even rejection. However, her "yes" also brought about the amazing birth of the Savior of the world! 

After Gabriel told her these things, Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. When Mary entered Zechariah and Elizabeth's home, John leaped inside Elizabeth's womb. 

Joseph agreed to wed Mary after an angel appeared to him and instructed him to do so. During this time, a census was ordered and each family was to be counted. Joseph took his very pregnant wife to Bethlehem. Guess what? While they were there, Mary gave birth to the Jesus in a stable, where shepherds came to see the Savior.

When Jesus was born, a special star shone in the sky. 8 days after Jesus' birth, Joseph and Mary took him to the temple to be circumcised. They met Simeon and Anna who were awaiting the Messiah's birth. 

The special star led 3 wise men to visit Joseph and Mary. After the wise men left, another angel visited them and told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod's wrath. 

I haven't even begun to share all of the different things that took place during Jesus' life. These events were possible because of Mary's willingness to say yes to God. How awesome that God chose to use a young lady to birth His Son, the Messiah! I want to be like Mary and say, yes to the Lord's plans and ways, even when I don't know the outcome.

To read the account of Mary, visit Luke 1:26-56 and Luke 2:1-40.

I hope you've enjoyed the 12 Christmas Characters. I've learned a lot sharing them with you all!