The Master’s encounters with his mother included his siblings. Which, by the way, were half-brothers and sisters, not half-cousins. Matthew 1:25 clearly teaches Mary’s virginity TILL she gave birth to Jesus. Then…UNTIL…means she stopped being a virgin and began being a married woman with sexual rights practiced. Nothing but church politics says differently.
By the time Jesus had been preaching two years, with his fame exploding all over Israel, two groups had reached opposite opinions of him. The Pharisees said he had made himself a stooge of Satan. His family said his devotion to God had turned him insane.
Moved by their conviction they arrived to remove Jesus from public life. They found him so thronged with listeners they couldn’t access him. They sent a verbal message by people-telegraph: mom and siblings want you go to with them. He sent a verbal message by the same telegraph: his only family were those who heard and obeyed God’s word. That hit them like a combined uppercut to their jaw, a punch to their gut and a knock-out punch to their nose. A flattened, imploded physical family slouched away.
Jesus expanded on that revolutionary teaching as he spied Mary and John standing by his cross. John 19:25-27 records it. The difference between his kindly response to Mary here and his in-your-face-negative to Mary in Mark 3 is one of her mental and emotional condition: at the cross a devastated mourner; in Mark 3 an arrogant intruder. However, an additional perspective also existed. While Mark 3 removed Jesus from filial and sibling relationships, John 19 exalted him as Ruler and Universal Lord of all humanity.
In Acts 1:12-14 the 120 gathered in the Upper Room. With his now-believing brothers, Mary appeared as one of them. This is the last mention of Mary in the New Testament. Before the church began. Before the apostles served. Before the New Testament books were written. Since no further mention was made of her, her contribution to Christianity began and ended by conceiving, carrying and giving birth to Jesus. Jesus repeatedly added success on success, victory on victory. Mary added nothing. – Fini –
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