Sunday night we observed the Lord’s Supper at our church. I shared a few thoughts I picked up from Arthur W. Pink’s book, ‘The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross.’ They are worth your time to contemplate as we anticipate Mother’s Day soon.
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! (John 19:26-27)
Here we see Jesus comforting His mother. As Jesus was “surrounded”with grief through out His life, so was Mary: (1) The angel Gabriel troubled her (Luke 1:28,29); (2) The virgin pregnancy no doubt endangered her reputation; (3) There was no room in the inn to give birth to her son; (4) Herod threatened His life; (5) The long flight to Egypt; (6) She saw her son rejected and despised throughout His life.
If Christ was the Man of Sorrows, Mary was the Woman of Sorrows.
Here Christ seeks to comfort His troubled mother. There are some interesting observations that we can see here:
1. Christ sought to fulfill the prophecy of Simeon.
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel… Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also” (Luke 2:34-35). The greatest privileges also bring the greatest sorrows. Here we see the mother-heart. The brow she kissed is thorn scarred. The hands she held are pierced. The feet that she taught to walk are now attached to the cross. The child she saw come into the world she is now watching die. No words are recorded from Mary. She watched in silence.
2. Christ set an example for children to honor their parents.
Honor is above obedience. It embraces love, affection, gratitude and respect. The years of obedience end, but not the years of honor continue through adulthood.
3. Spiritual relationships must not ignore the responsibilities of nature.
Jesus was engaged in the most important work of all time and yet He does not excuse Himself from not filling His obligations. Church work is never an excuse to abandon your family responsibilities.
Though Christ is our great example – that is not enough. We may look to Him as our leader in how we should treat our mother or other family members – but that is not enough. Until we see Christ as the perfect Lamb of God and accept Him as our Savior our Christianity is not enough. Only Christ is enough.
You can read the other sayings of Jesus: “Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross”