Mother's Day May 11, 2014
John 19:25-27 New International Version (NIV) 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

There are many lessons we can learn from this interaction. Mary & the few other followers displayed a lot of courage to be at the cross. We see her standing strong in the face of such hostility by the religious leaders, the crowds, and the thieves crucified with Him. They could have been accused of guilt by association. At the very least they could have been objects of scorn. Yet they drew near the cross, and clearly demonstrated that they were Jesus’ followers. Mary did not flee the terrible sight. Though her heart was filled with sorrow she would not let anything keep her from being there for her son. That is one characteristic of mothers that is worthy of honor. A mother’s love and devotion enables her to keep going when others would quit. A mother will make heroic sacrifices for her children

Believing mothers are those who stand by the sufferings of Christ in their hearts in the many situations of difficulty in which they cannot do anything to change what is occurring, but they are praying silently that God will intervene and bring good out of evil. Mothers are found standing with Christ’s kingdom and His cause praying that God’s Will would be done, and His truth and righteousness vindicated. Oh, how much we have to honor in regard to our believing mothers. In fact, we could even say that there is a sense in which Christ died in order that all believing mothers could be honored. Those who believe and stand with Christ’s cause in the darkest hour can know that Christ does honor their loyalty and their faith and so should we for our believing mother or wife.

Another lesson Jesus gave us as he died was not only to take care of our mothers but to take care of everyone else’s mother when they are all alone. One of the most remarkable things about the church in the first century was that they took care of all the women who had lost their husbands and were in need. The mother of my brother or sister in Christ is now my mother. That is part of what we mean when we talk about our church family—not that we have lost our human families of origin, but that we have gained a new family of brothers and sisters and mothers who do the will of God. "We honor our Lord when we honor our mothers by caring for them when they get old and cannot do things for themselves." "We should honor them today for all they are doing for us now or have done for us in the past."

It is a beautiful and touching thing that Jesus was not absolutely alone as He hung from the cross. That day at Calvary Mary displayed the eternal love of motherhood. Jesus Christ, in His wisdom and foresight, entrusted His mother to the care of John, knowing that he would be able to provide for her the physical and spiritual needs which Mary needed the most at that difficult time in her life. “Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death for the sins of all, was mindful of His mother.

No matter how you choose to observe or celebrate Mother’s Day, know that God cares for us all no matter our state or status as a woman or whether we are Mother’s or not, have lost your mother, or may be distant from your Mother. God is our Father and cares for us all 1 Peter 5:7 casting all of your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
 

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