Listen to a special Christmas Eve message as we are reminded by Mary that Jesus was born as the God-man for all humanity. Paul Kiss continues our Mary Christmas series with a focus on Luke 1:43; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:6-7; John 1:14; Colossians 2:9.
Mary: Mother Of God
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: December 24, 2017 (Morning Service)
1. Mary: A Mother
Text: Luke 1:43; Galatians 4:4
● “Theotokos” – means “God-bearer,” (theos=God, tokos=give birth).
2. Mary: Mother of God
3. Jesus: Conceived by the Holy Spirit – Divinity
Text: Luke 1:35; Isaiah 32:15; Exodus 40:35; Luke 9:34
4. Jesus: Born of the Virgin Mary – Humanity
Text: Luke 1:6-7 (Luke 1:26-27)
“God didn’t just use Mary as a ‘rent-a-womb’ but actually became DNA – Mary’s. The theological expression at work here is ‘incarnation,’ and the underlying principle is this: What God becomes, God redeems. God becomes what we are – with a real body – so we can become children of God. That’s why Jesus real body is important for our faith.” — Scott McKnight, The Real Mary
“If Christians don’t get Jesus right, what chance is there that other people will bother much with him?” — N.T. Wright – Simply Jesus
1. When you think of the term “theotokos” or “Mother of God,” what thoughts come to mind? Does the term make you uncomfortable? Why/Why not?
2. How does it help us/you to know that in the baby, Jesus, God was fully human, that he became like us in every way?
3. If you’re a woman, how might you discuss what it would have been like for Mary to carry this baby, knowing that she was a virgin? What would be different in how she felt about this baby, if anything?
4. Read Luke 1:43. Elizabeth calls Mary, “the mother of my Lord.” Read Luke 1:11-17 and discuss how Elizabeth might have guessed about the baby inside Mary. What might she have picked up from what Gabriel said to her husband Zechariah?
5. How have you grown in your understanding of Mary through this series? How will this help/not help you in your everyday experience of faith?
1. Read Luke 2, the whole chapter, and take note of those aspects of the story that point us to Jesus’ divinity. As well, take note of those elements that point us to his humanity. Mary, the theotokos, bore the God-man and that is an important confession for us as the church. Dwell on the implications.
2. Look up a copy of the Apostles Creed and read it, recite it, pray it. Let God speak into your heart as you make this confession about the nature of Jesus.