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How Jesus cared for His mother

Dr. Benny Tate  
Rock Springs Church 
Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas) and Mary Magdalene. 

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 

And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27 NLT  

A few years ago while preaching in Grafton, West Virginia I was blessed to visit the house of Anna Jarvis. Anna was a lady who never married, and never had children, yet was responsible for the origination of Mother’s Day. She saw how tirelessly her mother labored and believed there should be a day set aside for Mothers just to rest, and that became a reality in 1914 when Mother’s Day became a National Holiday. 

I believe we can all agree being a mother is a tough job. After dinner on Mother’s Day, a mother was washing the dishes when her teenage daughter wandered into the kitchen. Horrified to see her mother at the sink, she exclaimed, “Oh, Mama, you shouldn’t have to do dishes on Mother’s Day.” The mother was touched by this seeming thoughtfulness and was about to take off her apron and give it to her daughter when the daughter added, “They’ll keep till tomorrow.”   

Friends of a young mother with three young children were surprised when they received the following thank you note: “Many thanks for the play pen. It is being used every day. From 2 to 3 p.m. I get in it to read, and the children can’t get near me.”   

Truly, Dad’s work is from sun to sun, but mom’s work is never done.   

I would like to call your attention to the relationship that Jesus had with His mother and notice three things we can learn from it.   

First, Jesus respected His mother. Yes from the Cross He focused on His mother. Jesus was the only teenager to know more than His parents (many of us thought we did) yet He was obedient to them (Luke 2:46-52). He respected and honored His mother.   

Secondly, Jesus removed all human ties. Notice, He called her woman not mother from the Cross (verse 26). He was saying, “I must be more than your Son, I must be your Savior.” Yes, the faith relationship is greater than the family relationship. Friend, the greatest way to honor your mother is to accept Christ as Savior and live for Him (Matthew 12:46-50). 

Thirdly, He referred His mother to John. Tradition says Joseph was dead and Jesus simply said, “Here is your Mother.” In other words, take care of her when I am gone. God still expects us to see that the needs of our mothers are provided for and we have been given a mandate from the Cross to do just that.   

Paul “Bear” Bryant, the legendary football coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, was a one-of-a-kind type of guy. He was very hardnosed and disciplined, but he had a tender side. He made each of his players call home at least once a week and tell his mother he loved her.   

I remember, as a child, watching Coach Bryant on TV doing telephone commercials. In that gruff voice of his, he would ask, “Have you called your mama lately? I sure wish I could call mine.”   

If you are blessed to still have your mother, make Mother’s Day special for her. You will be glad you did.   

Dr. Benny Tate is senior pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner

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