A Child’s Desire for Mom
Mother’s Day – my approach to big days or holidays is a bit different. These are opportunities to add more “Velcro” to get newcomers more closely connected to the church. In essence, my approach in preaching is not adversarial or overly aggressive but to give people something to think about during the coming days.
Text: John 19:25-28 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
Mary had quite an intimate knowledge of Jesus.
1. Before His birth Mary had spoken or sang the magnificent worship recorded in Matthew.
2. She had cared for Him – had wrapped him in swaddling clothes and held him close to her breast.
3. Mary along with Joseph were concerned at His absence from their traveling group and along with the theologians astounded at His wisdom and insight when He was only 12 years old!
4. Mary had pressed Him into service at the marriage supper in Cana. At her behest He had instructed the servants to bring water. He turned it into wine.
5. Now . . . the child is desiring the “best possible” for His mother.
Children are more often converted than adults. In the simplicity of their faith quite often a child will be the first in a family to be converted. The influence of a child’s experience and their love for Jesus and their church invites their mother to the “best possible” life.
I don’t think any child who attends our church does not want their mother to attend with them.
Similarly, Jesus wanted the best for his mother:
· In Consideration of His Mother
· Aware of His mother’s overwhelming sorrow as she watches her son be unjustly executed.
· Jesus was acutely aware of her being “alone.” Joseph was dead. Mary was a widow.
The child spoke up seeking the best thing for his mother. He would not leave her alone or without any consideration. His directive to John was to take her in as though Mary were his own.
Mothers often pray for their children. On this occasion, it was a son interceding for His mother.
That is what I want to get us to today. On occasion, the child like faith and the uncomplicated perspective of a child finds a course that those who are older cannot find. How often a child, a youngster senses the value and the significance of God.
Today, we end different. I want us to pray as families, but in this instance I want children to pray for their mother. Move about the building and get with your mom if she here. If she is not here adopt a mother to pray for. We have several whose children are elsewhere.