Question #4 – How was Mary called Jesus’ Mother?
Another argument Flesh of God believers have for Jesus not having human flesh is they claim He never called Mary, “Mother.” By claiming this some believe this to mean Mary had no real physical connection to Jesus and was thus, more-or-less, acted as Jesus’ incubator. A few Flesh of God preachers claiming Mary was not Jesus’ mother take this to the extreme that they say Jesus had no umbilical cord and, thus, He had no bellybutton. In response to this nursery rhyme, I asked if they ever wondered how the Roman soldiers did not notice a missing bellybutton when Jesus hung on the cross. And if they had noticed, if they would have seen that as evidence that Jesus was indeed the Son of God? Not one ‘no-bellybutton’ preacher I know has been able to answer that with a reasonable reply. In case you are wondering, the Bible says nothing about Jesus having no umbilical cord or bellybutton. Any claims to the contrary only illustrate how far a bad doctrine, like found in the Flesh of God, can lead from the truth.
Before looking at where the Bible does call Mary Jesus’ mother, I need to clarify that it is true that Jesus never directly called Mary, “Mother.” However, using this argument as evidence for the Flesh of God fails if you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. The following verses will illustrate what I mean by this:
Angels of God Called Mary, Jesus’ Mother
If a person believes there is only one true God, and if they believe Jesus is that One true God, and if they believe God’s Angels are dispatched only to say or do as God commands, then Jesus did proclaim Mary is His “mother.” Look at how Mary is spoken of in these verses involving God’s angels:
Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child AND HIS MOTHER, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Matthew 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child AND HIS MOTHER, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
Apostles Called Mary, Jesus’ Mother
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as HIS MOTHER MARY was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Luke 2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and HIS MOTHER knew not of it.
Why this is important is that the same scriptures that call Mary His “mother,” do not call Joseph His “father.” Instead, we find him only referred to by his name, “Joseph.” Elsewhere, Joseph is called the “supposed father” of Jesus (see Luke 3:23). This is due to him not being Jesus’ biological father. This relationship does explain why the Bible never addresses him as Jesus’ “father.” So, if the Flesh of God theology is correct in saying Mary was only Jesus’ supposed mother, and not His biological mother, shouldn’t she, like Joseph, only be called by her name, Mary? The context and consistency of Scripture would make this true, but, what we instead find is the inspired Word of God addressing her as Jesus’ “mother.” Here are some examples of this:
Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with MARY HIS MOTHER, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and HIS MOTHER by night, and departed into Egypt:
Luke 1:43 And whence is this to me, that THE MOTHER OF MY LORD should come to me?
Luke 2:33 And Joseph and HIS MOTHER marveled at those things which were spoken of him.
Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto MARY HIS MOTHER, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
Luke 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and HIS MOTHER said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but HIS MOTHER kept all these sayings in her heart.
John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and THE MOTHER OF JESUS was there:
John 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and HIS MOTHER, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus HIS MOTHER, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
John 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold THY MOTHER! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
If a person believes the Apostles only wrote as God inspired them, then they must believe that, through the Apostles’ words, Jesus did call Mary, “mother.” Because of this, we must conclude that Mary is recognized as Jesus’ “mother,” and as such, she is, in fact, Jesus’ biological mother.
Jesus Called Mary “Woman”
One Flesh of God argument against Mary being Jesus’ biological mother is that He addressed her as “woman.” However, a careful examination of Jesus’ usage of this expression shows that it is not proof against her being His biological mother at all. Consider the following:
John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, WOMAN, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, WOMAN, behold thy son!  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
Please, take note what Adam Clark’s Commentary says about Jesus’ usage of “woman”:
“Our Lord’s answer to his mother, if properly translated, is far from being disrespectful. He addresses the virgin as he did the Syrophoenician woman, Matthew 15:28; as he did the Samaritan woman, John 4:21, as he addressed his disconsolate mother when he hung upon the cross, John 19:26; as he did his most affectionate friend Mary Magdalene, John 20:15, and as the angels had addressed her before, John 20:13; and as St. Paul does the believing Christian woman, 1 Corinthians 7:16; in all which places the same term, γυναι which occurs in this verse, is used; and where certainly no kind of disrespect is intended, but, on the contrary, complaisance, affability, tenderness, and concern and in this sense it is used in the best Greek writers.”Adam Clark’s Commentary on the Bible
I agree with what Clark’s is saying here. I believe the way in which Jesus used “woman” shows He used it as a term of endearment. It was a sweet way He addressed many of the women in His life. As such, this phrase cannot be used as evidence Jesus did not identify Mary as His biological mother. This is especially true when taking into account that both angels and apostles called her Jesus’ mother. If a person believes that “all scripture is given by inspiration of GOD” (see 2 Timothy 3:16), then they must see that the consistency of these biblical references do silence the argument that Mary was never called Jesus’ “mother.”
Note: Any UPPERCASE, bold, or [bracket] areas in Scripture is added for emphasis.
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The next part of this study will explore question #5: How was Jesus of the tribe of Judah?