Son Of Mary

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.  Mark 6:3
 
This is the only place in the New Testament where this name of Jesus appears. It was spoken by the citizens of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown. They could not believe that the boy who had grown up in their midst could be the Messiah and Great Prophet sent from God. They knew Him only as a carpenter and the son of Mary.
 
Son of Mary as a title for Jesus is unusual, because a man in Bible times was usually identified by His father’s name (for example, “Isaiah the son of Amoz,” Isaiah 1:1). Jesus’ designation as the Son of Mary in this verse lends support to the view that His father Joseph had died while Jesus was a boy. 
 
Mary knew from the very beginning that Jesus, who was conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit, was God’s special gift to the world. But she apparently brought Him up like any normal boy. Mark 6:3 shows that she had other sons and daughters, who were born by natural means after Jesus’ miraculous conception. But Jesus, as her firstborn son, must have had a special place in her heart. 
 
Mary knew about Jesus’ special powers, because she told the servants at a wedding feast where the wine had run out, “Do whatever he tells you. Jesus responded to the confidence in Him by turning plain water into wine-His first miracle, as reported in John’s Gospel.
 
Did Mary realize that her firstborn was destined to be executed like a common criminal? We don’t know. But the Bible does tell us that she was a the execution site when Jesus was nailed to the cross. One of the last things Jesus did before He died was to make arrangements for Mary’s welfare. With the words, “Behold thy mother,” He instructed His disciple John to take care of her. John reports in his own Gospel, “From that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”