Monday, April 06, 2015

The 7 Last Words of Christ From the Cross #5

"Woman, behold, your son!" (John 19:26) and "Behold, your mother!" (John 19:27)

When Jesus saw His mother and John standing near the cross, He placed her care in John's hands.  The Bible says that John took Mary into his own home to receive care and provision.  It's of note that as Jesus approaches death, He is concerned with the welfare of his mother.  Jesus is showing us what it means to honor our mother and father even in the final moments of life.  In the midst of the most important and essential mission ever conducted, Jesus doesn't overlook his responsibility to His own mother.

Here a few takeaways that I can see from the text:

#1--Our responsibility to honor parents goes way beyond our childhood.  Just because we are grown, doesn't mean we're beyond the 5th commandment.

#2--Honoring parents is a high priority.  If it's a task that Jesus performs while on the cross, then it's a task we need to make time for regardless of how busy we are.

#3--If we're not honoring our parents, then we aren't honoring God.  He requires it! (See Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:2-3)

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.  –Michael Jordan

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