The Gospel writer, Luke, tells us that the mother of Jesus, Mary “kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Following her search for Him, when Jesus was left behind in Jerusalem, Luke states Jesus’ mother “kept all these sayings in her heart” (v. 51). We have two inspired accounts of Jesus’ birth, one in Matthew and the other in Luke. The other two gospel writers do not tell us about the birth of our Savior. John touches on it in one verse, when he continues his argument that Jesus was God, and was from the beginning. This is seen when he stated, “And the Word became flesh” (John. 1:14). Mary played a role in His life until His death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection and ascension. Mary is mentioned by all four of the gospel writers and the writer of Acts.
As we consider what “things” Mary pondered, there were many due to the dramatic changes within the first two years. She would have additional things to ponder over the next 30 years or so as well. Luke tells the story of Mary’s inward and personal experiences as she learned of her pregnancy, how she felt about it, her fears, and ultimate submission and joy in understanding what was happening to her body and that she was to deliver the Savior into the world. Matthew tells us of the outward and more public display of humiliation she at first experienced regarding being pregnant. However, the shame and suspicion which filled her thoughts and life were followed by her ultimate vindication. Her life was much like a roller coaster, with “ups and downs”, but isn’t our life similar in some aspects as we often deal with life’s struggles?
Mary is seen in other events in the life of her Son. She found Jesus in the temple after the family’s trip following a Jerusalem festival. Jesus was both asking and answering questions from the religious leaders (Luke 2:42-52). Mary had an important role in the first public miracle of Jesus at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee (Jn. 2:1-11). She was seen with Jesus’ brothers during His three-year ministry (Matt. 12:46; Mark 3:31-35) as he disputed with the scribes and Pharisees. Mary was also seen at the foot of the cross on which her Son hung. As it seems all of His disciples, with the exception of John and His other friends, had deserted Him. Mary was at the foot of the cross. The last inspired reported incident of Mary is after Jesus had ascended praying with the apostles, Jesus’ brothers, and some women.
It is apparent from before the birth of Jesus and the establishment of His church, that Mary played an active role in His life. She recognized the importance of her role in the life of her son, the Savior, and fulfilled that role in a way pleasing to God. If you are a mother, know how important your influence and support are upon your children (whether still young or fully grown). If you are a father, acknowledge the mother’s importance in the role of your children, support her influence, and encourage her in her Biblical example for your child.