So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luke 2:48-52)
Jesus On Mother’s Day
The celebration of Mother’s Day is a special day to honor the woman who bore a child into a world through the procreative power of God. Child birth is the closest thing to a man producing a miracle as the Lord gives life to the seed of man and woman growing into a newborn nine months later. With the exception of Adam and Eve, every human has come into the world through the agency of motherhood including the Son of God. All men have had human fathers that procreated the seed in the woman with the exception of Adam, Eve and Jesus Christ. Adam was formed of the dust of the ground, Eve from the rib of man and Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary was very favored to be chosen to be the mother of Jesus. This would not make her an object of worship as the Roman Catholic Church has done for centuries but rather a symbol of God’s love for man to bring His Son into the world in the fashion – almost – as all men. Jesus was conceived in the womb by the Spirit of God and grew in Mary’s womb until the time of her deliverance. He had an umbilical cord, ten toes and ten fingers and cried as all newborn babies do at birth. Jesus learned how to eat, stumbled a lot before learning how to walk and mastered the language of His birthright. He was taught that one plus one equals two and the bright ball in the sky was called the Sun with the Moon glowed in the dark. It must have been many precious moments in the early childhood of Jesus that He recalled the soothing voice of His mother singing to him and teaching Him about God’s word and the importance of the Temple and worship. He knew the protective care of Mary as they traveled to a far off land called Egypt after those strange men from the East visited them. Life in the town of Nazareth was filled with the sights and sounds of a carpenter’s town. Jesus would enjoy the company of his brothers and sisters watching them grow to maturity, marry and have children. Life was ideal for the supposed son of Joseph.
Jesus began His ministry at the age of thirty and Mary was nearly always there as He moved about the land of Israel. Joseph apparently had died sometime before then and often Mary would appear on the pages of scripture to encourage and help her son. At times she would bring her other children to see Jesus. The most poignant scene of Jesus and Mary was when He was nailed to the cross. As the Son of God writhed in pain on the cross, His mother and aunt along with a few other disciples stood watching Jesus die. The heart of Mary must be been bursting at the seams to see what they had done to that little boy she first laid eyes on in Bethlehem. Her son was being killed on a Roman cross and He had done nothing wrong. She knew without a doubt her son as the Son of God because no man could be born as Jesus. Her faith was so incredible that she stood at the cross and said nothing. Jesus did not need to hear her say anything because He could see it in her face. With tears streaming down her wearied and beleaguered face, Mary wept for sorrow and for joy. Sorry because of her love for her son. Joy because she knew who her son was and knew this was God’s plan. Jesus was not unaware of His mother’s grief. He had energy enough to ask the apostle John to care for His mother and to tell His mother that He loved her. She had kept so many things in her heart over the years. Her faith in God sustained her in that dark day of Jesus death. The last reference given of Mary the mother of Jesus is when the church began on the Day of Pentecost. She was numbered with the early disciples. What a joy to see a mother’s faith responding to the mission and work of her son. It is intriguing to think of Mary’s contribution to the story of the risen Christ in the first century church.
There is no doubt that Jesus is the Son of God. He declared His power and glory through His life and glorified the Father in His death. But even the Son of God honored His mother. Joseph and Mary taught Jesus everything He needed to know as a young Jewish boy growing up in Galilee. Jesus was subject to His mother and honored His mother because of who she was. Not just a chosen vessel to bring the Christ into the world but a woman of godly character who believed in the promises of God. Mary was His mother and Jesus followed the pattern of revering His mother in every way prescribed by the law of God. The Son of God gave honor to His mother increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. She was His teacher, mentor, guide and confidant in the glory of God’s grace. Jesus celebrated mother’s day every day He was with His mother and told her how much He loved her every day. Thank you Jesus for leaving us a pattern of love and respect for our mothers.