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Mary and Jesus

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” John 2:5

We are always interested in “last words.” Some famous last words are: “This is the last of the earth. I am content,” spoken by John Quincy Adams, former President of the United States; “To the strongest!” said by Alexander the Great on his deathbed, when asked which of his generals should succeed him; “I found Rome brick, I leave it marble,” spoken by Roman Emperor Augustus; “Pardon me sir, I did not do it on purpose,” spoken by Marie Antoinette after she accidently stepped on the foot of the executioner as she went to the guillotine; “You got me,” spoken by famous bank robber, John Dillinger; and “It’s very beautiful over there,” by Thomas Edison.

We do not know as much as we might like to know about Mary the mother of Jesus. We know she was full of grace and humility. She was the perfect person to serve as the mother of Christ and to teach him the love, help, and grace of God.

Mary’s last words in the Bible are also intriguing. These were not words spoken on her deathbed, but actually early in the ministry of Jesus. But they are the last recorded words of Mary in the Bible. Of course, we have very few of her words in the New Testament. We see some of her actions but few of her words. What are her final words? “Do whatever he tells you.” This was at the wedding in Cana in Galilee. She was instructing the servants to follow Jesus’ orders.

We should not attach too much significance to this, but it is intriguing. Mary’s final words instruct us to obey whatever Jesus tells us. Of course, this is very sound advice theologically. The entire New Testament will tell us the same thing. To obey Christ is a primary way we love and serve him.

We often find it difficult to follow others or take their advice. We want reasons! Then we want to make a decision ourselves. We need to be sure of the facts before we take a course of action. But here is a case in which things are simpler. We should do what Christ tells us. When we follow him, we find the path of life.

With Warm Regards,

Bob Bohler