The Heart of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

There is no shortage of people in the Bible that God has used to do great things. And if I could have met anyone of them it would have been Mary, Jesus’ mother. And when I think about how her son was conceived, his burial and resurrection and everything in between, I think a best friend would have been in order for Mary, someone she could confide in. What was it like for her? I’m sure Mary’s love for Jesus was unconditional just like any mother with children, but what I found interesting were the conversations she had with Jesus which were minimal from a biblical standpoint, but profound to say the least. The Bible recorded three conversations between Mary and Jesus and as I delved into the depth of their communications, I’m not sure if they are actual conversations at all, but direct statements reminding Mary and displaying to the rest of the world that he is the Son of God and was about his Father’s business.

Let’s walk through the events of Mary’s life:

In Luke 1:30-33 KJV And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luke 1:38 KJV And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Right then Mary accepted what was said and was a willing vessel nothing further to discuss or debate period.

Mary visited her relative Elisabeth, who was pregnant at the time Luke 1:24 KJV with John the Baptist, the one who would later announce and prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. During that visit Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost Luke1:41 KJV and expressed her joy for she knew what was bestowed upon Mary, she was carrying the Lord, even Elisabeth’s baby leaped in her womb Luke 1:44, this being further evidence of who Mary was carrying in her own womb. Mary recognizing, she was blessed began to sing Luke 1:46-55 KJV. The song, called the Magnificat is the Song of Mary or canticle, which is a psalm or song of praise taken from a biblical or holy text other than Psalms.

Mary’s talks with Jesus were quite different then a parent in these current times. Mary’s first conversation (I want to call a Q&A, she asked a question and he answered it, not the “so called” conversation that we know a conversation to be) was when Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem only being twelve and they couldn’t find him for days. Luke 2:44 KJV it was a days journey… and in Luke 2:46 KJV And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking questions. She was worried and anxious he was only twelve and missing. Luke 1:48 – 51 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. And he said unto them, How is it that sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 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.

This was the earthly mother talking, she wasn’t looking at this situation or Jesus in the Spirit. I think she forgot about the angel who came to her in Luke 1:30 she had favour with God and Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  Mary might have been still overwhelmed by the fact that God entrusted her that she also forgot what the shepherds heard in Luke 2:11 and passed on to her, For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 KJV.

The second conversation which is also Jesus’ first miracle was in John 2: 1-5 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, they have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatever he saith unto you, do it.  This is when I believe Mary knew she could tell her son the problem regarding the wine and he would know how to solve it, she might not know how he would do it but she did know he was the Son of God. When we take our problems to God, we might not know how he will fix it but we should believe he will. When we can’t understand why things are happening the way they are or our children are doing things we just don’t get we have to ask God to help us trust in him.

This time Jesus speaks first in the third conversation in John 19:25-27 KJV. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cle´-o-phas, and Mary Mag-da-lene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman behold thy son! He was letting her know it was time to finish his father’s business. Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! Jesus was saying take care of my mother. And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. At that moment was she thinking back on what Simeon said in Luke 2-34-35? 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; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. In other words, many would reject him and many others would accept him, but the rejection would be painful for her as his mother to see. Or could her thoughts have been I fulfilled my purpose and that was to give birth to the Savior of the world and God took it from there.

Now, some questions for my Bible scholars. After the resurrection where was Jesus’ mother? Did Jesus see his mother first, even before Mary Magdalene and the Apostles? Was she still at John’s house or with Elizabeth? Hopefully she was with someone very close, sharing all those things she kept in her heart all those years. Wherever she was I believe she was again singing the Magnificat, the Song of Mary.

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