The Bible says that Mary brought forth her first-born child (Luke 2:7), this is to say that she gave birth to Him. The process of giving birth has been associated with pain since the beginning of time. There is no indication from the Bible that Mary would have been excluded from this, hence we can conclude that she did have pain during the birth of Jesus. She was a woman and therefore the declaration that God made to Eve after sin entered the world applies to all women, “To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children….” (Genesis 3:16).
Mary was even warned that she would continue to experience pain throughout the life time of Jesus. After she and Joseph dedicated Jesus at the temple, the Holy Spirit inspired Simeon to tell her “And a sword will pierce your very soul” (Luke 2:35). This was a prediction to the sorrow that pierced Mary’s heart at the cross (John 19:25). This was the first New Testament mention of pain foreshadowing the passion of Christ which reflects the prophecies of Isa. 52:14; 53:12. Furthermore, the fact that Simeon’s declaration was addressed to Mary seems to imply that Joseph would not witness the scene on Calvary.
Mary, like most of Israel at the time, believed that the Messiah would set up an earthly kingdom. The fact that Jesus came to save people from their sins was not fully understood by any of Christ’s followers until after His resurrection. Therefore, there was great pain and sorrow for Mary when Jesus died on the cross, but she shared in the joy of His resurrection as all else did. Mary was not spared the pain of motherhood and womanhood.
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