BY Diana Stone
Text: John 19:25-27, Luke 1:46-55
On Mother’s Day this year, our pastor looked at our congregation with a knowing smile and said, “I’ll bet there are quite a few of you here today only because your mother wanted nothing more than for you to go to church with her.” There was laughter and knowing looks exchanged.
The prayer of every Christian mother’s heart is for her children to know the Lord. Who knows how many tears have been shed over wayward children, how many lips have begged God to intervene in the life of a child?
Nothing could delight a believing mother more than to know her child has willingly chosen to live a life with Christ at the center.
As we wrap up our study of Mary today, we take a look at how her role shifts over the life of Jesus. She has an unusual story. Her child was Christ. He still needed to obey His Heavenly Father, but her faith in Jesus would be crucial for her own life. She had a dual purpose – to be a godly mother to Him and a believer in who He was.
As she watched Jesus being crucified, her heart must have shattered and yet rejoiced in some small way. Her son, her beloved child, had fulfilled a purpose greater than anything man had ever experienced. His life would change millions. Their earthly mother-son relationship touched Him to the very end, for even as He was dying He wanted her to be cared for. “When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ ” (John 19: 26-27 NIV)
As we look for a role model in our lives as women, Mary is a wonderful example of how a sinful, poor, still-childlike girl can be chosen to carry and raise the most precious gift God ever gave us. She wasn’t perfect, she stumbled, yet she was there to the very end, waiting for her son to take His place in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49 NIV)