What Happened To Mary, The Mother Of Jesus, After The Crucifixion?

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Whatever happened to Mary, the mother of Jesus, after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

Mary at the Cross

Mary was absolutely present at the death of her Son, Jesus as Matthew records, “There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee” (Matt 27:55-56). Can we even imagine Mary’s pain as she watched Jesus’ torturous six hours on the cross? What must have that felt like only God and her know. What did she think about the three hours of darkness that covered Jerusalem when Jesus hung in agony on the cross?

What happened to mary the mother of jesus after the crucifixion

John takes care of Mary

During the final passages in Scripture about Mary, and there are none that mention Mary after this, the Apostle John records that they were “standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:25-27).  There are some important points in these verses.  For one thing, Jesus no longer calls Mary His mother but “woman,” which is a term of respect but also differentiates that Mary is no longer seen as Jesus’ mother but Jesus is now seen as Mary’s Savior (as He is for all of us). Also, Jesus apparently charges the young Apostle John to care for Mary since He can no longer do so. This may indicate that Jesus had been providing for her and now wants John to do the same. Jesus looked at John and said “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:27) so in effect, John would now care for Mary as he would for his own mother.

After the Cross

The very last mention in Scripture of Mary, Jesus’ mother, comes in Acts 1:13-14 where the disciples “went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James” and “these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:14). This shows that Mary, Jesus’ mother, had joined with the disciples and was part of the early church.  We don’t know how much longer she lived because the Bible just doesn’t say.  There are a few Catholic Church historians that claim that Jesus appeared first to Mary and only then, to the others but this doesn’t seem to fit Scripture since there were two women that came to the tomb and found that the stone was rolled away.  It would be astonishing that Mary was the first to see the resurrected Christ and the Scriptures would be silent on this. The conclusion is we just don’t know what happened to Mary after the crucifixion. We do know that she became part of the New Testament church and that the Apostle John cared for her. That is basically the extent of what we know about Mary after the cross.  Other than these facts, it’s not wise to speculate or hypothesize since we could most certainly be wrong and leaving things up to human speculation is dangerous ground upon which to stand dogmatically.


Whatever happened to Mary is not as important as what will happen to you if you have never trusted in Christ.  If a person has been born again, they will enter the kingdom someday and they can ask Mary for themselves. Until that time comes, we can only focus on what we do know and that’s the fact that Jesus came to die for sinners and that necessarily includes each and every one of us.  Thankfully, the foot of the cross is level ground.  Mary had no advantages over anyone because each one who puts their faith in Christ and believes on Him will have eternal life. Then you can know what happens to you after death.  If not, the Bible makes it clear what your future holds without placing your trust in Christ (Rev 20:12-15).

Something more for you to read: 5 Great Wives from The Bible

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Marion December 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Don’t know when this was published but please read the first sentence again…..”Jesus was absolutely present at the death of her Son, Jesus as Matthew records,” Believe it should be “Mary was absolutely present at the death of her Son, Jesus….”


Jack Wellman December 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Thank you Marion. More proof that only the Word of God is perfect. It has been corrected, That was kind of you to point that out and we thank you.


Javed Siddique March 22, 2019 at 7:06 pm

I want yours article and more information about yours writing


Mary April 18, 2019 at 3:11 pm

Very well said


isy June 7, 2019 at 9:52 pm

very big lie, there was never a time in the history i know in catholic that it is speculated that Jesus appeared to Mary first. That is not catholic belief. Do not mislead people. we know and proclaim that Mary Magdalene saw Jesus first after resurrection. because the Church keeps quiet does not mean it should be lied against always.


kwenge E March 15, 2020 at 3:06 am

I have never also heard that Jesus appeared first to his mother in the catholic teachings. As a catholic faithful, we always, we know that Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalen. Let us not drag the catholic church into arguments which do not truth.


Deborah J Evans June 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm

What about Acts 1:14, which was after our Lord’s resurrection?


Jack Wellman June 8, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Great insight. You are right. Thank you so much Deborah.


Lori Schorr August 15, 2019 at 11:24 am

I think it’s very interesting what happened to mother Mary. I’m very curious to know the rest


William M Atwood September 26, 2019 at 2:27 pm

I agree, as some groups put in a class along. I believe was a person , God used to bring the Messiah, nothing more.


Jack Wellman September 26, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Thank you Mr. Atwood.


Paul Morris October 3, 2019 at 10:01 am

Hi, Jack,

As a former employee of Prison Fellowship (1978-81), I am blessed to learn of your work.

I write now to tell you about a biblical curiosity. Have you ever compared I Corinthians 15:5 with Luke 24:34? This has led some (see Brown, Driver and Briggs, ICC on 1 Corinthians 15:5, page 335) to believe that Jesus appeared to Peter before anyone else.

In any case it provided a plausible novelesque base for my book, “The Justus Scrolls.”

Blessings to you,



cybess June 2, 2020 at 10:15 am

There is a book called thiaoouba prophecy authored by a man who claim that he was “abducted” by high intelligence beings from another planet, and had learned lot of secrets of the world from them

From his book, I understood that Jesus and the person who is crucified are not the same person. Hence that could explain why the crucified person says ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ …cos that person was not really the Jesus that Mary had given birth to. That Jesus had already gone oversea (to Indian,china, japan…). That is why people wonder why Jesus tomb stone is in Japan.

But again I not claiming that this book is definitely real, but good to be aware of another point of view.


Jack Wellman June 2, 2020 at 11:34 am

Hello Cybess. Jesus said “Woman behold you son” (John 19:27) “Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:28), so this author has taken the text out of context to create a pretext,and a false one at that. He is 100% wrong on this. I would put this book in the fire and destroy it as this man’s false teaching might infect others or you. What heresy this teaches…we know from history and the Bible that this book cannot possibly be right, and if we’ve already found one blatant error is his book, then why think about believing any of the rest of it. Remember, Satan has his own sinister ministers who try to decieve and mislead.


Desire Cooper August 20, 2020 at 11:03 pm

Actually that’s not from a guy from another world or from a guy abducted lol that’s what muslims believe, I know because I was raised Muslim and my dad use to tell me that , I am a Christian now , don’t be deceived by lies


Crystal September 2, 2021 at 7:07 am

Jesus refers to his mother as “woman” after she speaks to him at the wedding feast at Cana. Therefore, it is no incorrect to say that his status as her Savior was revealed or realized at the crucifixion. Further evidence of this can be seen as Mary speaks to Elizabeth at the visitation; Catholics call this speech the Magnificat. Mary’s words glorify the Lord and acknowledge Christ as the Savior. In addition, Elizabeth also greets Mary as the mother of my Lord. At no time was there any confusion as to who Christ was or that his relationship with Mary changes at the cross. In fact, Catholics believe Christ’s words “behold your mother” is Christ bequeathing Mary to the world as an intercessor and saintly model of behavior.


Jack Wellman September 2, 2021 at 11:22 am

Mary needs salvation just as much as anyone. Since she was not sinless, she needs the Savior. She is no different than any human. Jesus saved her too and she needed to confess her sins to be cleansed too. No human alive or that has ever been born of a human father needs Christ to save them. Mary is no exception. A good study Bible will help you see your error. John was to take care of her after Jesus’ death and the Scripture says John took her home and cared for her as his own mother. You are very confused. Mary like all of us, sinned (all have sinned!) and needed saving. Please read this about Mary, Jesus’ mother. https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/the-motherhood-of-mary-of-nazareth/


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