After the Resurrection of Jesus, many questions have been raised about the whereabouts of Mary, the mother of Jesus. While the Bible doesn’t provide a clear answer to this question, there are various theories and interpretations that we can explore.
The Gospel Accounts
The Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all mention Mary’s presence at the Crucifixion of Jesus. However, only two Gospels mention Mary’s presence at the Resurrection.
In John 19:25-27, it is written that “near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there .. he said to her ‘Woman [a], here is your son,’ and to the disciple [b], ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
According to this account, it seems that after Jesus’ death, he entrusted Mary to one of his disciples.
In Mark 16:1-8 and Matthew 28:1-10, however, there is no mention of Mary being present at the Resurrection. It is only noted that Mary Magdalene and other women were present at Jesus’ tomb when they discovered that he had risen from the dead.
One belief held by some Christians is that after her time with one of Jesus’ disciples was over or after she died naturally (if she wasn’t taken up), Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul – an event known as “The Assumption”. This doctrine was officially defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
While this belief isn’t based on any scriptural evidence or historical documentation outside of church tradition – it’s still widely accepted by Catholics and some other Christians as an article of faith.
The whereabouts of Mary, the mother of Jesus, after the Resurrection remains a mystery. While some believe she was entrusted to one of Jesus’ disciples, others believe she was assumed into heaven. Regardless of what we believe, it’s important to remember that Mary played an important role in the life and mission of Jesus – and her devotion and faithfulness continue to inspire Christians around the world today.
In conclusion, while there is no clear answer as to where Mary was after the Resurrection, her legacy as a devoted mother and disciple of Christ continues to inspire people around the world.