A Mother’s Day message based on Mary the mother of Jesus
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Introduction: Today I want us to look at Mary, God’s choice to be the mother of his Son.
A Model of Motherhood:
The Lord turned & said, "Have you read the specs on this model? She is supposed to be completely washable, but not plastic. She is to have 180 moving parts, all of them replaceable. She is to have a kiss that will heal everything from a broken leg to a broken heart. She is to have a lap that will disappear whenever she stands up. She is to be able to function on black coffee & leftovers. And she is supposed to have six pairs of hands."
"Six pairs of hands," said the angel, "that’s impossible." "It’s not the six pairs of hands that bother me." said the Lord, "It’s the three pairs of eyes. She is supposed to have one pair that sees through closed doors so that whenever she says, `What are you kids doing in there?’ she already knows what they’re doing in there."
"She has another pair in the back of her head to see all the things she is not supposed to see but must see. And then she has one pair right in front that can look at a child that just goofed & communicate love & understanding without saying a word."
"That’s too much." said the angel, "You can’t put that much in one model. Why don’t you rest for a while & resume your creating tomorrow?"
"No, I can’t," said the Lord. "I’m close to creating someone very much like myself. I’ve already come up with a model who can heal herself when she is sick - who can feed a family of six with one pound of hamburger - & who can persuade a nine year old to take a shower."
Then the angel looked at the model of motherhood a little more closely & said, "She’s too soft." "Oh, but she is tough," said the Lord. "You’d be surprised at how much this mother can do."
"Can she think?" asked the angel. "Not only can she think," said the Lord, "but she can reason & compromise & persuade."
Then the angel reached over & touched her cheek. "This one has a leak," he said. "I told you that you couldn’t put that much in one model." "That’s not a leak," said the Lord. "That’s a tear."
"What’s a tear for?" asked the angel. "Well it’s for joy, for sadness, for sorrow, for disappointment, for pride."
A Mothers Love a mirror of who our God really is. Love is God, and it never more visible than in the care that a mother teaches and instills in the family and to others outside of the family. So today we pause to say Thank you Mom!
We all have stories of times in our early years that we wish we could go back after realizing how much our Mom’s had made the difference in our every day lives. As we get older, we see and remember how much of a real sacrifice was made because of the love that can only be given by a mother.
There is a story about four preachers discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the American Revised Version best because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version because of its up-to-date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they did not know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”
This morning we are looking at Jesus’s mother Mary and her deep faith in God. So deep to allow the Holy Spirit to turn her life over to the unknown future for her and her beloved Joseph. Giving her life over to God’s perfect will and not her own self will. A life to be driven by the Holy Spirit and later Mary’s deep Love for her Son.
Pastor Dr. Jeremiah stated:
“I also think about a teenage girl, who willing took on the role of bringing our Savior into this world- only to watch him die on Calvary’s cross in the prime of his life. What grace and resolve that took; what obedience and humility it took to trust God for the life of her Child. Only a mother.”
The pain of long travel during her pre-delivery hours and giving birth in a manger. But the reward of shear wonder at the shepherd’s excitement for her and her new family. For the star and the Maggie and watching her son growing up into the model son.
Her amazement of his great knowledge at such a young age. The pride of watching her Son preform his first miracle at her friend’s joy filled wedding. The confidence she had in her Son that came with her great faith.
“Holy Mary full of Grace” But also the terror and deep sadness that can only be felt by a Mother at her Son’s Pain and death at the Cross.
The ultimate victory she shared with the other disciples at her Son’s resurrection and victory over death. Living out God’s true will for her life as one most important event in history. Jesus’s Christ gift to all who receive him!
Let share a few Scriptures that clearly show God’s Love and importance to a Mother:
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
13 For you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.
And Finally, my favorite as I think of my own Mom”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, ways persevere.
So regardless of where you are today as a family unit. To quote Pastor Troy Mason
“The good news is that the Bible talks not just about imperfect earthly families & how we can help them. But the Bible also talks about the eternal family. One day we will be with God who is our heavenly Father. One day we will be with Jesus. One day we will be a part of the great family of God in the place that God has prepared for us through Jesus Christ. And there we will live with Him for all eternity.
In the meantime, we need to do everything we can to make our families the best they can be to the glory of God. So, this morning, if you are here & outside of Jesus Christ, we extend His invitation, & we pray that you will respond to the love of Christ, expressed through His death & His burial & His resurrection”.
So, as we continue this journey being at home together as families during this Pandemic. Use this time today, Mother’s Day to look back over the last two months to realize how important your Mom, your Grandmother or to you men your wives. How a mothers Love can change everything! As God’s love is our own lifeline to peaceful clam existence in this life today and into eternity.
Happy Mothers Day!