Hall of Faith: Mary Magdalene, Served Jesus

In discussing who in the New Testament deserves to be listed in the Hall of Faith, Mary Magdalene seems a very logical choice. Other than Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene is listed among the women who were the most faithful followers of Jesus. Her name derives from Luke 8:2 which says “Mary, called Magdalene.” The town of Magdala […]

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Hall of Faith: Joseph Was Faithful

We discussed how Mary belonged in the Hall of Faith {although no one in the New Testament is mentioned in this list of spiritual giants}, but Mary was not alone on her journey. She had Joseph to walk beside her on this journey. We know little about Joseph, but we’re told he “went up from Galilee, out of the city […]

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Hall of Faith: Mary, Always Had Faith

No one mentioned in the New Testament is actually listed in the Hall of Faith. However, there are some in the New Testament that definitely deserves to be in the New Testament. More than anyone would be Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus. They truly walked in faith and believed when the angel appeared to them. In the […]

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Mary Magdalene: First Witness to the Resurrection

  Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb on that first day of the week to discover the tomb is empty.  They are afraid, but an angel tells them that Jesus is not there but has risen.  The women rush to tell the disciples, who does not believe them.   This is where we left off last week. Reading the gospel accounts, […]

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Mary Magdalene: Discovered the Tomb Empty

We left Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion.  Jesus is dead and they have taken his body to the grave, but the Sabbath was beginning and the women could not prepare his body.  So, they go home to follow the Jewish customs of the day.  We’re not told where they were, but more than likely they were together. John 20:1 tells […]

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Mary Magdalene: Witness to the Crucifixion

The next mention we have of Mary Magdalene after Jesus heals her, is of her presence at the crucifixion. Luke 23:49 says, “”women who had followed him from Galilee” standing at a distance”, but does not mentioned these women by name.  However, the other three gospels do mention these women and among them is Mary Magdalene. Matthew 27:56, says, “Among them […]

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Mary Magdalene: Healed by Jesus

In thinking about the story of Easter, there are only a select handful  of people mentioned as having a first hand view of the crucifixion and resurrection.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus is one of those mentioned at these events and with her is Mary of Magda or as we refer to her today, Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is mentioned at […]

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Genealogy of Jesus: Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Last week, we finished studying the life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.   This week we are starting a new study on the women in the Genealogy of Jesus.  The five women mentioned by name are listed in the Genealogy account found in Matthew 1. I am piggybacking this study onto the study of Mary.  With Mother’s Day just weeks […]

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Mary Continued to Pray

Lift Your Needs to the Heavens

We last saw Mary at the crucifixion of Jesus.   She is mentioned one more time in scripture after this. Jesus has died on the cross, been sealed in the tomb, and Easter Sunday has occurred.  The stone was rolled back to reveal that Jesus was alive. Now he has walked with his disciples for 40 days and ascended into heaven.  […]

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Mary, How Did You Feel?–Part 2

 Mary, How Did You Feel?–Part 2   As his ministry began Turning the water into wine Learning to walk on water Oh Mary, how did you feel?     Ministering to the thousands Feeding hundreds with just two loaves and some fish The parables that he taught Oh Mary, how did you feel?     That wasn’t all As he […]

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Mary at the Crucifixion

We last saw Mary being rebuked by Jesus, when she came to him out of concern.  Several years have passed during which Jesus was in the depths of his ministry. We’re not told which events in Jesus ministry, teaching and miracles Mary was there to witness.  While she may not have been there for everything, it seems plausible that she […]

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Jesus Rebukes His Mother

Last week we joined Mary and Jesus at the wedding in Cana.  This week, Jesus has begun this ministry. Jesus is in a house, probably in Capernaum, sharing with many that had come to hear him speak. Mark 3:31-35 (KJV) 31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.  And the multitude sat […]

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A Mother’s Request

The last time we saw Mary and Jesus, he was twelve years old.   Now he is about thirty years old.   A lot has occurred during this time, although we don’t have a record of what experiences the family had during this time.   We believe that Joseph most likely died sometime in these intervening years. Jesus has already been baptized by […]

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Mary Finds Jesus at the Temple

Over a decade has passed since we last saw Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph.  The family was fleeing to Egypt the last time we checked in with them. We’re not told what happened in the intervening years. At some point the family has returned to their homeland from Egypt.  We do know they returned after the death of […]

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The Wise Men Visit

The years passed by and Mary, Joseph and Jesus probably found a house somewhere to live or rent.  They settled into a routine of daily life and Jesus continued to grow.  The traditional belief is that Jesus was about two years old when the Magi visited. Matthew 2:1-3 (ASV)   Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the […]

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Anna Praises God

Luke 2:36-38 (ASV) And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age. and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.  Anna had been a widow for many years.  She lived with her husband for seven years before she passed.  We don’t know how old she was […]

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Simeon Predicts the Child’s Future

After eight days passed, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple for circumcision and to offer a sacrifice, per Jewish custom. While at the temple, the family met two very special elders. Luke 2:25-26 (ASV)   And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of […]

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The Shepherds Visit

Luke 2:8 (ASV) And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. Shepherds stayed out in the fields tending to the flocks all year long.  This could be a very mundane job at times one would think. Luke 2:9-11 (ASV)   And an angel of the Lord stood by them, […]

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The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:7 {ASV}  And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Joseph must have been frantic to find somewhere for Mary to rest.   They were both exhausted after traveling for days.  Now the baby was on the […]

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Journey to Bethlehem

Mary is drawing close to her time to give birth, however she has a long journey ahead of her. Luke 2:1 (ASV) Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This is so that the prophecy would be fulfilled that the Messiah would come from […]

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