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.

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Master or Messiah? the disciples story

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Jesus told lots of stories and asked his listeners lots of questions. A group of people, who didn’t believe in life after death (resurrection) asked him a question about a woman, who had been married seven times. Whose wife would she be at the resurrection? Jesus was very sure of his answer. “At the resurrection people will not marry. He went on to tell them that God is the God of the living not of the dead. Our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are alive, by this reasoning.

A rival group of people asked him a question about the Law of Moses. They wanted to know which was the greatest commandment. Jesus summarised the Ten Commandments with just two. (Matthew 22:37-40)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

“Love your neighbour as yourself.”

He asked these teachers of the law whose son the Messiah (or Christ) is. They replied the son of David. He asked them about a psalm. It went over our heads, but it silenced them.

Jesus carried on teaching us and the crowds which gathered around him. Among many things he taught us we only have one Master and are all brothers. We are not to be called Rabbi, or teacher, because we have one Teacher, the Christ.

Our friend and master, can he really be the Messiah?

Matthew Chapters 22 and 23

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My M post for 2013

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Father – the disciple’s story

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This wonderful friend of ours really messes up our ideas. We are sure he is very special – the promised Messiah. He really knows stuff. And he spends a lot of time praying. When we asked him to teach us to pray, he didn’t begin, O Lord, our Lord, like the psalmist, but Our Father.

In fact he used the word Abba. The word a little child would use. And another time he told us we should become like little children.

We struggle to understand what he means. When we asked Jesus to show us the Father, he said that anyone, who had seen him, had seen the Father and that we already know the Father.

We know God because we know Jesus.

The words of Jesus’ prayer can be found in Luke 11: 1-4 and another reference to Father is in John 14 (which includes the promise to send the Comforter)

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My F post for 2013