Sunday, May 08, 2016

THE MOTHER of JESUS: SCS 83

My Wife, Her Grandson's Wife, Her Grandson 

Sunday, May 8, 2016, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 83

PRAYER for Today:
Heavenly Father,
We know we are all broken and in need of your grace. Only You are able to heal the hearts and souls of all of us who are full of sin and bring light to the darkness in our lives. Help us Father to accept your freely given gift of grace that we might be reconciled to You. We ask that Your will be done in our lives and that we may act lovingly towards our fellow sojourners who around the world are hurting so that they might see a little of You in our daily lives.  
It is in Your Resurrected Living Son’s name we pray.
Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:  

Mark 3:31-35 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Mark 10:29-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

29 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

John 19:25-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

25 And that is what the soldiers did.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Acts 1:14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

SERMON for Today:

The mother of Jesus was faithful to her son even after His death and resurrection.  The sampling of Scriptures gives one an idea that even though Jesus did not always seem to seem close to his mother she never forsook Him.  She gave birth to Him under the shadow of shame.  She saw Him walk away from her and His family in order to carry out His mission on earth.  However, she was still at the foot of the cross.  She was at his tomb with the other women on Resurrection Sunday.  I cannot prove she was there, but I believe she was one of the “women” mentioned in the Gospels although not named.  She was there praying with the others before the Day of Pentecost.  You may be thinking she was just being a mother.  All mothers are not that devoted, but she is one mother who sat an example of how devoted we should be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Evangelicals and other Protestant Christians say Catholics put too much emphasis on Mary.  I say we do not put enough.  She showed us all the way.  If you had or have a good Mom be thankful you were so blessed.  Let Mary show you how to follow Jesus.

© Ed Cooper, May 8, 2016, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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(Ed Cooper is a retired minister and mental health advocate. He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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