John 19:26 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.
In the midst of dying, the gambling for his clothes and everything else going on the day Jesus was crucified, he looked down at his mother from the cross. John was there. Let’s first note some things about Mary. Some worship her. Some pray to her. She was a great woman, but we don’t exalt her above the Lord. She did have other children. She is not our mediator. That is reserved for Jesus and him alone. As noted in our text, Jesus noticed his mother from the cross and from that time John took care of her. John fulfilled the trust Jesus put in him. This act of Jesus settled the honoring of our parents to the end. He was dying but still concerned about his mother.
Generally children find no fault in mom. The mother’s touch is special. Parents, it’s important to raise children in church. Bring them. It’s the right thing to do. Honoring our father and mother is a commandment with a promise. It’s noted in Exodus and again in Ephesians.
Let’s note some characteristics in the life of Mary.
She was a woman of character. God’s choice of Mary to birth the Son of God is due to her dedication. We’re not born with character. It comes by living by the Word of God. It’s not an easy road but it is a successful one. Moral values are being played down. Luke tells us Mary was a virgin. I remind you that sex is intended for marriage. Period.
Mary was a woman of courage. Imagine having to tell Joseph that she was going to have a baby. It also took courage to face the talk of the village people. Joseph was so concerned about it he considered putting her away privately. God revealed to him what took place. He fulfilled his role. Ninety-eight per cent of babies are aborted for convenience. In today’s society Jesus would have been aborted by most women. We see courage in the three Hebrews who were thrown into a fiery furnace. We see it in Daniel who continued to pray and was put in a den of lions. God is the same today. These men had convictions and courage to do the right thing.
Mary showed her confidence in God. At the wedding in Cana she simply told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Today people no longer believe in God. We’ve heard for years that Jesus is coming back. He is coming! Are you ready?
God showed his confidence in Mary. It’s an honor to be trusted by people. How much more by God! He has entrusted us with spreading the gospel. It’s our personal responsibility. He’s entrusted us with money. What kind of steward are you? He has entrusted some of us with the ministry. God counted me faithful. I couldn’t be the president of the U.S. I couldn’t step down from the calling to carry the Word of God to this world. It’s an honor, a trust. God trusted us with a family. We should care for them and train them on the way to go. Somebody is teaching your children. Television influences their minds. The family is a trust. I thank God for godly mothers who train their children in the ways of God.
Are you a person of character? Do you have confidence in God? What are you doing with what God has given you?