Why is the modern Evangelical so afraid of the Virgin Mary?
For some, allowing Mary access to your prayer list is tantamount to saying no to all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. If you ask, “What is the worst case scenario if you ask Mary for some help?” Their answer? “Behind the Mary door are all the demons of hell.”
The demon card makes cowards of us all. A few years ago, Karen and I visited EWTN (The Eternal Word Television Network). The bookstore was an extended tribute to Mary and the Saints. The verse, “You shall know them by their fruits” changed the way I believed about Mary and the Saints. These men and women were holy; making the ultimate sacrifice, martyrdom.
Don’t leave home without MARY POWER.
Four Things to Remember about Mary
1. Mary shows us how to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The angel informed Mary of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, but it was Mary who felt led to share the good news. It is almost as though Mother and Son are already united in the work of redemption. When any believer “believes” the word of God, like Mary they respond.
2. Mary’s visit brings a blessing to the household of Zechariah. Elizabeth represents the Old Covenant and Mary the New. Later, Jesus told his disciples “If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing” (cf. Matthew 10:13). Like Peter, we do not have silver and gold, but we do bring the name of Jesus (cf. Acts 3).
3. Mary demonstrated raw courage and absolute dependence upon God. When you think of the Angel’s greeting and merge that with the prophecy of Simon, she had a clearer understanding of Jesus future mission than even the 12.I picture Mary traveling through the hills of Judah singing the Psalms similar to today’s Psalm:
“God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior.
With joy, you will draw water at the fountain of salvation.”
And experience Zephaniah 3 “The King of Israel, the LORD, is in my midst, I have no reason to fear”By the time Mary reaches Elizabeth’s house, she is filled and overflowing
4. Mary is Full of Grace. When God commissions someone for ministry, he gives them a new name. Abram becomes Abraham. Jacob becomes Israel. Simon becomes Peter. Saul becomes Paul. Mary becomes “Full of Grace.” We SEE HOW full of grace she is when she steps inside Elizabeth’s door. Mary with the Son of God in her womb blesses the entire home. Elizabeth releases a miraculous prophecy and John the Baptist salutes them both.