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Mary: A Picture of Peace in the Midst of the Storm -Easter 3

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TEXT: John 19:25-27

We often speak of Mary in her role of giving birth to Jesus Christ. Not much attention is paid to Mary's presence at Jesus' crucifixion. However, this detail is so important that all four of the Gospel narratives record Mary's presence at the foot of the cross. As we continue our series on the unsung heroes of Easter, I want us to take a look at Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

Mary was just a young woman from an ordinary family when the calling of God first came on her life. She was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to a child. Of course, this was news that turned her whole life upside down. She had the unenviable task of explaining to her family and to Joseph, whom she was engaged to, that she was pregnant and yet still a virgin. She gave birth in a manger surrounded not by family and friends, but by animals. Shortly after that, she had to escape to Egypt because King Herod wanted her child dead. And when she and Joseph returned to Israel, Mary, like all mothers, had to deal with the difficult process of Jesus Christ growing up, becoming a man and moving out to do his "father's business."

When Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus up to the Temple, a man of God named Simeon told Mary, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

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