Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Mary the Mother of James and Joseph

As Jesus traveled, preached, and healed, it wasn’t only his twelve apostles who followed him. Many others, including women whose sons were disciples and women who helped take care of Jesus and his followers. One of those was Mary, the mother of James and Joses, who was also known as Joseph. 

The first time we’re introduced to Mary the mother of James and Joseph is at Calvary. Matthew and Mark both mention that she was among the women standing off at a distance observing the crucifixion of Jesus.

Matthew 27:55-56 tells us, “There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.”

Mark mentions her at Calvary as well, calling her the mother of James, the younger, and of Joses.

Matthew also tells us that she was with Mary Magdalene when she went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’s body. 

In Mark 15:47, he lets us know that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses followed Joseph of Arimathea and saw where he laid Jesus’s body.

In Luke’s account of the resurrection he says, “Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. (Luke 24:10)

Though none of the gospel writers provided any information about Mary, they each made note that she was quietly serving Jesus in the shadows.

May we be willing to serve in the shadows as well. 

Read about Mary the mother of James and Josesh: Matthew 27:55-61, 28:1, Mark 15:40-47, 16:1, Luke 24:10

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