What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

While some of us have loving mothers, others have mothers by name only. Some of us still enjoy the company of our mother, while others remember their mother who has passed away.

Whatever your situation, do you recognise the value God places on your mother?

Just before taking his last breath and dying on the cross, do you know what Jesus’ very last act was? John 19:26-27 says; ”When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

Jesus’ very last act before dying was to lovingly care for and honour his mother.

In that moment of excruciating pain and immense suffering, when the wrath of God’s judgement was being poured out on Jesus for the sins of all mankind, Jesus looked down and saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved.

Can you imagine the depths of sorrow Jesus’ mother was going through, seeing her son falsely accused, sentenced, brutally beaten, whipped beyond recognition and nailed to the cross? Imagine the immense heartache as she endured hearing her son gasp for air and struggle under the weight of his own suffering. ”When Jesus saw his mother…”  Jesus tenderly reached out to her, “Woman, behold, your son!” In that moment, amid all his own suffering, Jesus cared more about the needs of his mother than his own pains, because he loved her.

But did you also notice Jesus’ care for the disciple whom he loved. Jesus says to John, “Behold, your mother!” John is to become a son to Jesus’ mother. What was John’s response? “And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

John honoured Jesus and his mother by recognising the value Jesus placed on his mother.

Do you see the value Jesus had for his mother? Do you also recognise the value God has placed on your own mother? God sent Jesus to die on the cross for you and your mother because he loves and values both of you.

Today, “Behold, your mother!” – How will you honour your mother this Mother’s Day… and every day?

 

Mother’s Day

The Bible gives us a beautiful picture of the impact a mother has on her children and on generations to come:

 

2 Timothy 1:4-7

I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

Think of Lois in this passage, deciding to put God first in her life, trusting him through the difficult times, learning to build her life around God’s word and, as a result, watching her own faith grow. Think of her teaching her daughter Eunice to not just have religion, but a sincere faith in God based first on his word and then on her own experience of his faithfulness as she trusted him in the experiences of life.

The Apostle Paul knew both of these women, knew that their faith was sincere. As he got to know Timothy, he saw a faith that was familiar to him. Timothy had absorbed from his mum the same approach to God that she had absorbed from her mum.

Today, honour your mother for the sincere faith that she has passed on to you. Let her know how she has impacted your life. If your mother didn’t model that kind of sincere faith to you, then make an absolute commitment before God that you will be like Lois to your kids.

Your sincere relationship with God, putting him first in all things, openly lived before your kids, will have a huge impact, not only in their lives, but the lives of their kids and generations to follow. You will never be sorry you paid the price to put God first in your life and in your family!