by Jerry Vines

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Christmas Characters: Mary (2 of 6)
Series: Christmas Characters
Jerry Vines
Luke 1:26-38

For several weeks, as we approach the celebration of Christmas, I'm going to bring some messages about Christmas characters. It really is hard to believe that just a few more days over a month from now and we'll celebrate Christmas. This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. That's hard to conceive. In a few more days after that we will have the celebration of Christmas. November runs into December. December runs into Christmas. Christmas runs into money. So, we are heading very rapidly toward that time of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Lord.

I'm bringing these messages on Christmas characters and I'm trying from the pages of God's Word to bring them to life to you so that your enjoyment of Christmas will be greater enhanced and so that you will understand more about the meaning and the purpose of the birth of the Lord Jesus.

I looked last Sunday at the life of Joseph who was the young carpenter selected by the Lord to be the earthly father of the Lord Jesus, and the husband of Mary. This morning we are going to talk about Mary. Mary steps from the manger scene and plays a very vital and crucial and a very blessed role in the Christmas story. Mary is very much in the news in recent days. Pope Paul John II has asked a group of theologians to do a study about the role of Mary and the proposal has been made that she be called Co-Redemptrix, along with the Lord Jesus Christ. A gathering of Catholic theologians was brought together and the 23 theologians have unanimously recommended that this not be done. Some are not so sure. In 1981, when the Pope had an assassination attempt against his life, he credited the Virgin Mary with rescuing his life.

There are others who are pushing for this. They get about 100,000 letters a month at the Vatican urging that this be done. Petitions bearing over 4.5 million signatures urging that this be done have been rece ...

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