by John Barnett

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Unfading Beauty (5 of 38)
John Barnett

The other day while standing in one of those endless lines at the super market my eyes caught the following headlines on a newspaper, "World's most beautiful woman hospitalized". Quickly whipping out my cell phone I called Bonnie and immediately knew it was a false story . . . actually, it was about Elizabeth Taylor married countless times, unhappy, overweight and in ill health. The world probably has no better candidate for that role. But God does. This morning may I introduce again the beautiful woman of God's Word?
Mary, the mother of James and Jesus!
• Who is presented as the most honored woman in the Bible? Mary
• Who was chosen out of all the women in the whole world to raise God's Son? Mary
• Who is the greatest living, breathing example of Proverbs 31 in ordinary everyday life? Mary
• Without exception who is probably the most beloved and best known woman in the world? Mary
Mary Listened to God (Luke 1:26-28)

Mary Humbled Herself Before God Said Yes to God's Grace . (Luke 1:29)

Who me? No airs, no pride, just a humble troubled heart that anyone would even say such a thing. She knew her own heart, certainly God would to! She was saved by God. (Luke 1:30 literally 'discovered grace of God ') Mary joined the countless multitude who are heirs of life eternal by God's grace. Her study of the Word led her to the open arms of "God my Savior".
Mary Surrendered to God's Will (Luke 1:31-33)

To produce within her body tiny hands that would some day touch lepers with a healing touch, to form a mouth within her womb that would speak the very Word of God, to feel the kick of feet that would walk the roads of Israel and spread the Gospel. What an incredible ministry opportunity.
Mary Experienced God (Luke 1:34-37)

She wouldn't even consider anything immoral. Instead she was surrounded by the Shekinah as God the Son entered her womb. God doing the impossible is what our life for Him is all about.
Mary Ser ...

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