Hello everyone. 🙂
Today I will be talking about two of the experiences that Jesus had with mothers while He was on earth. Some of the traits that I love to see in Jesus are His tenderness and His considerate ways. I hope that the stories I am summarizing below, and the thoughts I am sharing as well, will be a blessing to all (mothers and non mothers alike) and will help us (myself included) to realize how much Jesus cares about us while inspiring us (myself included) to be more caring towards others.
Story #1: This story can be found in Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; and Luke 18:15-17.
Mothers brought their children to Jesus so that He could lay His hands on their heads and bless them. Jesus’ disciples thought that He would be too busy with more important matters for Him to notice the children, but not so.
“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.” Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV)
Children are important to Jesus. Jesus is kind, tender and compassionate. He LOVES everyone and that includes children. Jesus is never too busy for anyone- which means that He is never too busy for children. I love how He says;
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37 (KJV)
Jesus loves mothers and wants to bless their children. So many mothers and grandmothers pray for their children and Jesus hears their prayers. Fairly recently, my grandmother mentioned to me that she and my grandfather pray for their children and grandchildren every day. Hearing this made me feel so, so good, because I know that I desperately need those prayers. I am also richly blessed to know that my mother and father pray for my siblings and I daily. All of these prayers mean so much to me. I want to extend a huge thank you to all of the praying mothers and grandmothers who may be reading this post (Thank you so much fathers and grandfathers too! You will get your Father’s Day post next month. 🙂 ).
Story #2: What Jesus Did For His Mother While He Was On The Cross
Jesus was such a loving and tender son to his mother! This account reveals just how selfless and caring He was-even under the most miserable and stressful circumstances.
“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.” John 19:25-27 (KJV)
Wow. In the midst of His terrible struggle on the cross, where He died to pay for the sins of the world, Jesus remembered His mother’s welfare and arranged that she would have someone to care for her. Isn’t Jesus tender, considerate and loving?
I have been heavily impressed with my need for growth in the area of showing love to my parents and grandparents. While I already love them all, I want God to teach me how to love them better than I do now, and I realize that I don’t always-even now, do all for them that I know I should do. My parents and grandparents are the reason why I exist. If any one of them hadn’t been born, I wouldn’t have been born either. I consider it an honor and a privilege to show them God’s love. Furthermore, God commands us to honor our parents and promises us a blessing for doing so:
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long.” Exodus 20:12 (KJV)
I want to encourage all of us (myself included) who have parents and/or grandparents to really think about them and do what we can to make their lives happier. I realize, and it makes me sad to realize, that some people have one or both parents and/or one or both grandparents who are simply not safe to be around. In cases like these, perhaps the best thing that can be done is to faithfully pray for them. God will hear these prayers and will do everything that He can possibly do to move upon their hearts.
Also, for those who are in situations like this, here is some comfort for you all:
“I truly believe that God is available, 24/7 to fill the roles of the individuals who have either been unable or who have chosen not to, fulfil their relational obligations to us. Here are some good example of this:
‘For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.’ Isaiah 66:12-13 (KJV)
‘Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.’ Isaiah 49:15 (KJV)
‘When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.’ Psalm 27:10 (KJV)’.
‘And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’ 2 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV)
‘Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.’ Psalm 103:13 (KJV)”
The section within quotations marks was adapted from this blogpost.
Jesus is so loving and kind. I am grateful for the love that He has for mothers and children and for the tenderness He showed in the two Bible stories that I shared. I want Him to keep making me more like Him and my prayer is that everyone reading this blog-post is desiring the same experience. God bless you all. 🙂
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I quoted Matthew 19:13-15 from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.