Terry R. Baughman
“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying .… These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers” (Acts 1:14).
Mothers believe in their sons when all others refuse to do so. Regardless of reputation, accusations, or incarceration, mothers look beyond themselves and see the heart of the child and are connected with the special bond of motherhood. They see the inherent good that may presently be latent within their offspring, when others may only see the results of their errant behavior.
In spite of the charges levied against Jesus, Mary believed in Him. It is unknown when the news of his arrest was brought to her or when she arrived at the trial. It was a rush to judgment in a late night hearing. Early in the morning the trial before Pilate was assembled and the gathering crowd was incited to action. There was so much violence and turmoil it was impossible to get too close. The Gospels record the events and mention some of the women who stood at a distance observing in horror the events leading up to the crucifixion. (See Matthew 27:55–56; Mark 13:40–41; Luke 23:49.)
John alone records the intimate moment at the cross where Mary, the mother of Jesus, wept at the sight of the suffering of her son. “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:26–27).
Mary’s faith in the destiny of her son sustained her in the days of suffering and grief. From the beginning
she remembered the words of the angel that announced her miraculous conception, “You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31–33). From the birth of Jesus and the appearance of shepherds and wisemen to the prophetic utterances by Anna and Simeon in the Temple at His dedication, Mary etched their words in her memory. “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” “His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him” (Luke 2:19; 33).
Though it was difficult to see at the time of His death, Mary continued to believe in the purpose of her son. She rejoiced in His resurrection and accepted the fact that He would again depart in the ascension. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was among the worshippers, the disciples, and the participants in the upper room prayer watch awaiting the promise Jesus said would come. This believing mother was present and was filled with the Holy Spirit when the Day of Pentecost arrived.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses” (Acts 1:8).