HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

 

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home (John 19:25-27).

 

            In this text is shown the love of a mother for her child and the love of a child for his mother. Jesus is indeed our perfect example even for our relationships with our mothers. Love, honor and respect were manifested throughout Christ’s life toward His mother.

            Jesus showed his love to Mary through obedience as a child (Luke 2:51-51), submission as an adult (John 2:1-11) and concern in death (John 19:26). Jesus knew the love shown to Him from His mother. It was she who, for nine months, had tenderly carried this child; it was she who lovingly provided the milk of life; it was she who tenaciously guarded her baby from the dangers of life; it was in her lap where he found security; it was in her arms where he found solace; it was at her feet where he would first be taught.

            In response to the wonderful love given from mother to son, Jesus as an adult reciprocated with loving respect. Jesus showed the respect demanded and due His mother, even when He was grown.  After Jesus was twelve years old we know nothing of Joseph but from time to time Mary is seen in His life. The respect with which He treated His mother is a great example to each of us.

            One whom Jesus loved so much was the one with whom He left His mother. John was one of the three who were very close to Jesus and it was John who was given the responsibility to care for Mary; it was John who was made the “adopted” son; it was John who took Mary into his home. We are not told how long Mary lived but it is interesting to note that John lived a long life, therefore having the opportunity to have cared for Mary throughout her life.    

            This day take time to thank God for all godly mothers.

 

                                                                           Tim

 

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