As the mother of Jesus, Mary’s role was both incredibly unique and similar to the wonderful role of mothers today.
As a mother, Mary would have comforted her Son. We do not know what challenges Jesus faced as a child, but Mary would have been there to give Him comfort. Isaiah 66:13 says, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you….” While Mary’s child and experience were unique, she would have comforted her Son as all mothers do.
As a mother, Mary cared for her Son. In Luke 12, when Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem at the age of 12, Mary and Joseph spent three days looking for Him. Once found, they said, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” Mary and Joseph had great concern for Jesus because they cared for Him as all parents should.
As a mother, Mary would eventually count on her Son. At the wedding feast in John 2, when Mary needed help, she turned to Jesus first, trusting Him to handle those needs (John 2:3-5). Years later, while Jesus hanged on the cross, He charged John to continue to care for Mary after His death (John 19:27). Mary depended on her Son, just as many mothers might ultimately do today.
While Mary’s Son was unique, her role as a mother was exactly what we are thankful for in so many mothers today. She comforted and cared for a Son who would ultimately grow to care for her.