Posted by: The Simple Guy | February 7, 2010

To be known like this

A while back I was listening to a sermon about Mary by Warren Wiersbe.  He pointed out something I had never seen before.

Which Mary are we talking about?  Martha and Lazarus’ sister.

We first meet her in Luke 10.

Luke 10:38-42 MKJV
(38)  And as they went, it happened that He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house.
(39)  And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
(40)  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she came to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.
(41)  And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.
(42)  But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Next, we see her in John 11.

John 11:28-35 MKJV
(28)  And saying these things, she went away and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Teacher has come and calls you.
(29)  As soon as she heard, she arose quickly and came to him.
(30)  Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him.
(31)  Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw that Mary rose up hastily and went out, they followed her, saying, She is going to the tomb to weep there.
(32)  Then when Mary had come where Jesus was, seeing Him, Mary fell down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
(33)  Then when He saw her weeping, and also the Jews who came with her weeping, Jesus groaned in the spirit and troubled Himself.
(34)  And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
(35)  Jesus wept.

Then we see her again in the next chapter:

John 12:1-3 MKJV
(1)  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was (who had died, whom He raised from the dead).
(2)  Then they made a supper there for Him. And Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those reclining with Him.
(3)  Then Mary took a pound of ointment of pure spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Every time Mary is mentioned, she is at the feet of Jesus.  In the first instance, she is learning from him, and ignoring all distractions.

In the second instance, she throws herself at his feet in grief.  (Where else can we go?)  Jesus groans deep within himself, and weeps.  He cried her tears.  What a beautiful picture.

In the third instance, she pours out her treasure on his feet, and then wipes them with her hair, preparing for His burial.  Her hair (her own glory) carried the scent of His death.  What a personal identification with His death!

Oh to be known as one who is always at His feet!

Now Mr Wiersbe went on to speak of Mary at the tomb, when Jesus said don’t touch me, I have not ascended yet to my Father.  (John 20) I think he  must have been mistaken there, because that was Mary Magdalene.  I am pretty sure they weren’t the same person.  But if he is right and I am wrong, what a glorious completion of the picture!

Have you seen Him?



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