What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?
Most people are aware of the story of Mary,
whom God chose to be the mother of Jesus.
God used her in a very special way.
It seems apparent that she did not understand all that happened in her life regarding Jesus.
Read Luke 2:33-35, especially verse 33 where it says,
“They were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning Him.”
Later we observe Mary at the cross (John 19:25-27).
Here in the midst of His great suffering for us,
we see His care and great love for His mother
(which also reflects His care and love for us all).
Mary and John were standing by the cross and He said,
“Woman, behold your son,” thus entrusting her to the care of His beloved cousin,
for it says, “from that hour the disciple took her unto his own house.”
The last mention of her occurs in Acts 1:14 where she is with
the disciples in prayer between the ascension and Pentecost.
She was accompanied by his brothers who now trusted and believed.
It is obvious that she spent a great deal of time with this group.
I don’t know if there is any other historical evidence of her,
but this is all Scripture has to say and any speculation which puts her
in any other light than revealed in Scripture is just that, speculation.
She was His beloved human mother, who like us needed a Savior.
Read Luke 1:46-66, “ My soul shall magnify the Lord and spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
The last mention of Mary Magdalene in Scripture is after the resurrection,
seeing Jesus alive (risen) and then going to tell the disciples.
She was at the cross (John 19:25).
Matthew 28:1-10 and the other gospels describe her encounter with Jesus at the empty tomb.
Mark 16:1-11 describes their encounter as Jesus appeared to her.
See also Luke 24:10 and John 20:1-18.
There is no other mention of her after this but probably she was among the women
and disciples who frequently met in prayer as in Acts 1:14.
Any other statements outside of Scripture are merely conjecture and speculation.
As far as Joseph is concerned, he is last seen in Scripture when Jesus
was twelve and the went to the temple in Jerusalem. (Read Luke 2:41-52)
In Luke 4:22, when Jesus read Scripture and proclaimed He was its fulfillment,
he is mentioned but not seen.
It says, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
Matthew 13:58 also says, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?’
See also Mark 6:1-6
In Mark 3:21 His kinsmen tried to prevent His ministry.
Previous to this, his mother and brothers are looking for Him
(Mark 3:31; Matthew 12:46
They were seeking to speak to Him.)
Joseph is not mentioned.
It is believed he died sometime between the family visit to the temple in Jerusalem
and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry because he is not mentioned again
nor does he appear with Mary at the cross or with the disciples
and Mary when they came together to pray in Acts 1:14.
Also it seems very unlikely that John would take Mary
into his own home if Joseph were still alive.
Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,
you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?
Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.
Those who fall asleep in Jesus
shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.
Those you've laid in the grave in tears,
you shall meet them again with joy!
Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...
never to part again!
Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.
There is no pleasant way to say it.
The Scripture says,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
~ Romans 3:23
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
~ Romans 10:9
Don't fall asleep without Jesus
until you are assured of a place in heaven.
Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life
first you must believe in the Lord.
You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven
and put your trust in the Lord.
To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.
There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.
That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.
You can begin a personal relationship with Him
by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:
"Oh God, I'm a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord.
I receive Jesus as my Savior.
I trust Him as my Lord.
Thank you for saving me.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
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Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, but
have received Him today after
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