I believe one of the most touching books in the Bible can be found in John chapter 19. Jesus refused to utter His last words until He made sure someone would be taking care of His dear mother. My, to me this is so powerful!
One could only imagine how Mary must have felt. I’m sure she may have been thinking in her heart. “No, You’re my son, and I don’t want to lose You.” Nonetheless, she realized she had to let Him die the cursed death, so she could be redeemed. Now, that’s a sobering thought. The very woman that found favor in the eyes of God, and gave birth to our Lord Jesus, was in need of salvation.
I’m reminded of a scripture found in Luke chapter 2. The Bible speaks of Mary pondering things in her heart. As she watched the King of kings grow, she pondered every move He made in her heart. Even then, she knew she was going to watch Him die a cursed death, because the Bible says, cursed is every man that hangs on a tree. She must have wanted to shout for the world to hear, “Do you see this young man? He’s going to save you from your sins.” But, she simply pondered everything in her heart.
Even when Jesus lagged behind and stayed at the temple to teach doctors the truths of the Word, she didn’t tell those highly educated doctors that He was God manifested in the flesh or that He was the Word made flesh. No, she simply scolded Him for scaring the daylights out of her. I mean, her and Joseph had already been one day into their journey, when she discovered Him missing. I happened to believe that was all the plan of God. Yes, God purposely kept her mind occupied until He was ready for her to go back for Jesus. I love the way Jesus responded to His fretting mother. He simply declared that He was about His Father’s business.
However, when Jesus became the legal age to become a Rabbi, she made up in her mind that she was not going to keep her mouth shut any longer. They were at a wedding, and the Father of the bride ran out of wine. Mary simply walked up to her dear Son and made it known they needed more wine. I love the way she ignored Him when He told her it was not yet time to make Himself known to the public. I can picture her placing her hands on her hips and looking in the eyes of those in charge as she told them to do whatever He told them to do. She put her Son on the spot, and He complied.
I guess it does my heart good to know that Mary reacted exactly like we mothers react. How often have we pondered things in our heart as we watched our children grow? How often have we put our children on the spot as we bragged and boasted about all they are capable of doing? How often have we cried tears when we knew it was time to release them to this world? Speaking for myself, countless times.
I honestly believe that Jesus holds a special place in His heart for mothers. He has promised all of His children that one day, He will wipe every tear from their eyes. However, I believe that He’s going to take note of every Mother that endured pain as a result of her child. On this Mother’s day, I would like to encourage every Mother. If you’re facing a dark valley, always remember, the darkest hour is just before the dawn. If one of your little ones have gone home to be with Jesus, remember one day, there will be a great family reunion. If God is asking you to release one of your precious little ones, then ask Him to give you the grace to let them go. God’s plan is always so much better than ours.
I love all of you!
John 19:25-30— Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 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! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Luke 2:19— But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:43-52— And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
John 2:1-7— And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
Rev 21:4— And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Ps 56:8— Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?