Recently I got to thinking about Mary and her role in God’s plan. Mary was an outstanding believer. Just think about all that must have gone through her mind as she carried out God’s instructions. It was not easy. Just the bare fact that she became pregnant before marriage to Joseph caused no end of gossip and pressure. If she had gotten pregnant after she married Joseph, then Jesus would have been regarded as Joseph’s son, not the son of God. Mary had a distinct picture that something miraculous had happened and that probably encouraged her to carry it out with believing. She simply believed.
Mary had to nurture, raise, discipline, and support God’s only begotten son. She is someone to be respected and thankful for. She was never intended to be a savior or a mediator. That was delegated to God’s son. It is significantly important to understand who she was and that she is now asleep and, as all dead are, awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the way to God, he makes intersession (Hebrews 7:25) for believers. Mary does not. I’m sure she prayed for people when she was alive just as we can all do, but she can’t now in her present situation.
When people need help or answers to prayer, we have access to God through Jesus Christ. That is just simply how the God who made heaven and earth set it up. There is plenty of information about Mary written in God’s word, but nothing about an ascension or that she was queen of heaven (that’s not even logical – how does that work?: King Jesus and Queen Mary??) nor the mother of God (who was the father of God?).
The reason I am writing about this is not to put Mary down nor to be critical, but because it is the truth that sets people free. In thankfulness to God and in time of need, prayer to Mary is fruitless because, it is Jesus Christ who is Lord and savior. He shows us the path to God and wholeness. The truth of about God’s son is so vital to our well-being and peace that we need to know exactly who he is from God’s point of view and not allow anything to detract from what he is meant to be.
No person or thing should take his place in our lives. No human being, aside from Jesus, is elevated to lordship over other men. That includes other humans like Mary, Moses, Isaiah, Peter, John, Paul, martyrs, heads of religious bodies, and even the equipping ministries of Ephesians 4:8,11. (1 Corinthians 1:25-2:5, I Timothy 2:1-5 study ‘authority’ Strong’s #5247 and #5242 a great study)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; I Timothy 1:5