No Longer Afraid of the Virgin Mary
02.12.2019, Steve Shultz
From the desk of Daniel Glimm:
As we approach the Hanukkah– and Christmas season, which are related to the supernatural conception of Jesus (Yeshua) in the womb of Mary, the following message from Steve Shultz will serve us as an enrichment in relation to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I was raised protestant, and though I always believed in the virgin birth and that Mary was Jesus’ mother, I more or less stopped there. I respected Mary’s motherly role in the training of the savior, and also that she was there at the crucifixion to support her Son’s last breath, but I was, like those in other protestant denominations, more or less taught to not go beyond that. It was like a fear of worshipping Mary.
After all, there was a major denomination that prayed through, and to, Mary. Of course, I didn’t believe in doing that, and I still don’t. That’s why I kept my theology to the things mentioned above.
But there’s a problem. It’s this: A prophetic angel (note: Gabriel) appeared to Mary, the mother of the Messiah, and prophesied that she would carry the Promised One.
Later, Mary showed up at Elizabeth’s house, and she herself became prophetic and prophesied about herself: “And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. – Luke 1:46-50 [emphasis added]
As it turns out, Protestants are afraid to fulfill Mary’s own prophecy. We’re afraid to dive Mary too much attention. We’re this way, even though Mary prophesied that ALL generations would call her blessed. And yet we remain to do so.
So, where’s the Logic?
Now, all of the above is “theology”. That is, it’s in the Bible and thus, it’s from God.
But let me throw some human logic at you. So here goes …
When Mary died, she surely went to be with her savior and her Son – THE SON! And my logical guess is that her Son, Jesus (Yeshua), loves His earthly mother, and she loves Him.
As a result, I’ll bet (this is just my guess) that Jesus gave her a special place close to Him in Heaven. It’s not recorded in the Bible – but it’s a pretty good guess.
I also feel that God, who loves His Son, also loves dearly the young woman He chose to be the mother of His only Son.
What a mansion SHE must have!
One of our job descriptions – our “must do’s” as Christians – is to be lovers of the mother of Jesus, to call her blessed. I’m pretty sure this would make our “Groom” happy, that we would pour, if not lavish, honor and blessings on Jesus’ own mother, Mary.
What would that look like?
His Mercy is Extended
Well, if we don’t sing “Ave Maria”, what if we write more songs about Mary, according to her own prophecy about herself. We don’t worship Mary, but we should honor her.
What if we even preach messages about Mary, no longer fearing to heap too much blessing on the mother of our Lord.
Remember, that as Mary prophesied, she said this very important thing: “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
One thing (of many) that I’ve learned is that God never wastes His time saying unimportant things. He always wants us to take note of every single word He utters through prophetic voices.
Remember, through Mary, God said: “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
Now why would God have the mother of Jesus prophesy that?
Quite simply – because He wanted us to know and to believe this.
God loves mercy, and those who fear Him are extended mercy. It says so, right in Mary’s prophecy.
Mary must have felt such overwhelming mercy that God would pick “little ol’ her”, living in Galilee of the Gentiles, to give birth to the only Son of our Father in Heaven.
I’ve often wondered what it was in Mary, living in Gentile territory, that would make God select her. Someday I guess we’ll find out.
Maybe she was just pure in heart (and of course she was in the line of Judah). But maybe it was because God knew she would just say, “Yes”, because she feared – that is, she respected – the very Words of God.
No matter how you look at it, God is making several statements through Mary: We are to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. We are to call her blessed, from generation to generation. Mary prophesied it. That extends beyond just saying that she was a virgin. It means we honor her above many. We should stop being afraid of doing that.
Remember that God will take almost nothing (that’s both you and me) and use us – extending mercy to us if we are simply willing to say “yes” to Him – no matter the lowly circumstances we find ourselves in. That’s what it means to “fear Him” - among other things.
So my challenge to you, the Church at large – is to learn to honor the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, according to her own prophetic word. A mother who is likely located in her personal mansion – very close to Jesus in Heaven.
Yes, that’s speculation, but what would you do for YOUR mother if you were the savior of the world?
(This message is taken from the December 2007 edition of the prophetic magazine “ELIJAH Rain” with the title “No Longer Afraid of the Virgin Mary”, page 24-25 by Steve Shultz)