Today we come to the last sermon in our Christmas series. We have considered Jesus as the seed of the woman (Gen 3:15), the seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16), the seed of David (Rom 1:3). He is also the seed or Son of Mary (Mark 6:1-6). In each of these four sermons, we stress the human nature of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. The eternal Son of God became a Man without ceasing to be God. That of course is the message of Christmas: God became flesh and dwelt among us! Jesus is Immanuel meaning “God with us.”
It was not customary to refer to a man as the son of his mother. However, Jesus was not the biological son of Joseph. In the two New Testament genealogical records of Jesus both Matthew and Luke avoid calling Him the son of Joseph. Matthew writes, “And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ” (Matthew 1:16). Luke begins his genealogy with these words, “Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli” (Luke 3:23). These writers wrote of Jesus in their genealogical records in ways consistent with what they made clear in their birth narratives (Mat.1:20, 23; Luke 1:34-35) – Jesus was conceived and born of a virgin!
Perhaps in Mark 6:3 there is a veiled reference to the Virgin Birth of Christ in the title, “Son of Mary.” It’s more likely that the folks in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth were stressing that Jesus is just a man. And so, how can He teach like this, and do these miraculous works! The answer is, Jesus was God Incarnate, the Coming One, the Messiah! Because of their unbelief, they did not recognize and receive Him as their Messiah and Savior. Will you?
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:11-12).