M is for Mary, Mary Magdalene and Messiah

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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Although the first twelve disciples (Letter D) chosen by Jesus were all men, women also numbered among his followers. His mother, Mary was an onlooker at his crucifixion Matthew 27:55-56. She was also the mother of James, Joseph and other sons and daughters. Mark 6:1-6

In the Easter story she is not always referred to as the mother of Jesus – his brothers are named, or she is ‘the other Mary’.

How Mary became the mother of Jesus Christ is described in Matthew 1:18

From the cross Jesus showed his respect and concern for his mother. He handed her into the care of the disciple to whom he seemed the closest, John. This is reported in the Gospel which John wrote. John 19:25-27

Mary and Mary Magdalene were among the first to visit the tomb where his body had been placed. A group of women went early in the morning the day after the Sabbath (rest day) to prepare his body properly for burial. There had not been time the day he died before the start of the Sabbath. Luke 24:1-9

If you are unfamiliar with the Easter story, please click the link above to discover what had happened at the tomb!

Messiah is one of the names given to Jesus (Letter J). It has the same meaning as Christ. John 4:25 It is the name of the One the people of Israel and been promised and were waiting for. He would set them free. Jesus’ disciples acknowledged him to be the Messiah. Matthew 16:13-20

Two earlier A to Z posts on this blog were the Messiah in 2015, and in 2017 a story about this topic from the disciples’ point of view.

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.