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The Passion of the Christ (3 of 7)
Mother: The Most Earthly Word
The word passion means suffering, the suffering of the Christ. There is no other way do you understand the sufferings of the Christ than to read to the passages of the scripture that deal with the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. So we have been looking at the crucifixion of Jesus and the seven words that Jesus spoke from the cross. Today we come to the third word that Jesus spoke concerning His mother. As you know, the scripture tells us in John chapter 19 beginning in verse 25 that His mother along with the apostle John was there when Jesus was crucified. They stood there as Jesus hung upon the cross suffering and dying for your sins and for mine. Today I call this word Mother, the most earthly word spoken from the cross, because "mother" is truly a human word. Mother is a word that we are all acquainted with. Some have called it the most beautiful word in the human language. We looked at the word forgiveness that is certainly the most beautiful, spiritual word I know of. The word forgiveness as Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." And then we looked at Jesus' word to the dying the thief as He said; "Today you shall be with Me in paradise." That is the most essential word, the word of salvation when the dying thief realized who Jesus was, the sinless Son of God and repented of his sin and trusted in Jesus as the Lord and the Savior of his life and was promised eternal life.
Now the third time Jesus speaks He speaks directly to His mother who stood by at the cross. You can picture as we have done, that picture of the mother of Jesus and John the disciple as sided by side they look at Jesus as He hangs between heaven and earth. We come to that place called Calvary, where all the rivers of prophecy run together in the sea of fulfillment. Calvary where there was a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins, Calvary where sinners plunge beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains, Calvary where all the ransomed church of God is saved to sin no more, Calvary where Jesus first three words were for others. The first three things He says are His concern for others and then Jesus will say four things directed toward God and directed toward the heavenly Father.
John 19:25-27 "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."
I. THE MOTHER BY THE CROSS
I think it is no surprise to us that Mary the mother of Jesus was there when her son died. Certainly every mother here could identify with that situation. If your son were in that kind of circumstanc ...
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