Mary was engaged to Joseph when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel with the news that she was to bear God’s son. She was somewhere between 13 and 18, the Jewish age for betrothal. Mary’s faith was so strong that she was able to humbly accept this news, despite the disgrace it would bring to her as an unmarried pregnant teenager (Luke 1 :26-56). Mary was the cousin of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.
Mary and Joseph went from their home town of Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea to register for a census and it was here that Mary gave birth to Jesus. The events surrounding the first Christmas are well known but must have had a deep effect on the young Mary (Matt 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20).
Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple. Simeon and Anna made predictions about who Jesus was. This event must have also been very significant for Mary (Luke 2:22-40). Mary and Joseph found Jesus at the age of twelve in the Temple talking deeply with the priests. He told them they shouldn’t have been surprised he was in his father’s house (Luke 2:41-52).
The next event is some eighteen years later at the wedding-in Cana, when Jesus performs his first miracle. Mary seems to expect her son to be able to do great things! (John 2:1-2). Mary is mentioned next, right at the end of her sons’ life. At the crucifixion Jesus asks John the disciple to look after her (John 19:25-27). It is impossible for us to imagine how Mary must have felt watching her son die in that way. Mary is mentioned as one of the believers in Acts 1:14.