I was wondering about something. If Jesus took all pains…. his mom, Maria, did it too right? A connection between mom and sons can be that big, that even she felt all sufferings!! And another thing: lots of people are saying Jesus is coming back to earth: how dow (sic) we recognise him? In times where there is a lot of evil, he has to hide then, right? So how do we find him…..
Asked by NL
Response to NL:
Thanks for writing to me with interesting questions. I’d advise you to check what I say against the Holy Scriptures as the Bereans in Acts 17:11 did:
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
You make a very interesting point about the Lord’s earthly mother Mary. The scriptures say that she did experience great suffering as she watched her beloved son die, as per the prediction made by Simeon when Jesus was a baby:
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
But nowhere does it say that Mary also took on all the sins of the world, past, present and future, as the Lord did. That would be impossible. She was only a vessel, or a very human handmaiden, for God. And her words in the Bible show that she was very humble about that role she had:
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
At the time of Jesus’ first miracle in Cana, Mary tells him the guests have run out of wine:
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
Mary then defers completely to Jesus, saying, “…Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
I believe that the passage above is the last time we see Mary say anything in the scriptures, whereas the Lord’s words in the four Gospels and the Book of Acts are so critical and holy that there are many of them and many bibles put them in red text. Furthermore, all the Words in the accepted canon of the Bible are the Words of God, God’s living Words. Then all of them are the Son of God, Jesus’ Words:
2 Timothy 3:16:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
I’m almost certainly not the best person to ask about the end times and prophecy but I will try to answer your other question: how do we recognise Jesus when He comes back? Here is an article you might find helpful:
By the time Jesus comes back to earth, however, at the second coming, the time to be rescued by Him as Saviour (seen only through the eyes of faith) will be over. He will return as an avenging lion, not a lamb. The nation of Israel, who converted to Christ during the seven years of the Great Tribulation, will see Him physically as He returns, and will mourn for Him. They will look upon His glorified body and see the imprints of the nails in his hands and feet, evidence of His awful suffering while being crucified:
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
The Lord Jesus Christ alone is to be loved, honoured and glorified above all other created beings. There is no other name given under heaven (including Mary’s name) by which we may be saved:
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
1 Timothy 2:5:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
The time to be saved is now. Don’t wait until the second coming of Christ, by then it will be too late:
I hope this helped you. Soli Deo Gloria (to the Glory of God alone – Father, Son and Holy Ghost).
Your friend in Christ,