What to Give Your Mother on Mother's Day by Stan Coffey

What to Give Your Mother on Mother's Day
Stan Coffey
John 19:26-27

OUTLINE:

I. GIVE HER AFFIRMATION
II. GIVE HER AFFECTION
III. GIVE HER ACKNOWLEDGMENT
IV. GIVE HER ATTENTION
V. GIVE HER APPRECIATION

Jesus spoke seven times while He was upon the cross. His first word was a prayer to God, asking Him to forgive His enemies. His second word was a promise to the dying thief. His third word was to His mother and to John, the beloved disciple.

To his mother He says, ''Behold thy son,'' and to John He says, ''Behold thy Mother.'' Let us picture the scene for a moment. Three heavy-laden crosses stand upon Calvary's hill. Jesus, the Son of God hangs upon the central cross.

The mob jeers, the soldiers gamble, the religious leaders rejoice, and Jesus looks down and sees His mother standing near the cross. By her side is the disciple John. Jesus now lifts His voice and says to His mother, ''Woman, look at John. From now on He will be your son.'' Then He spoke to John, ''John from now on she is to be your mother.'' And from that time on, John took Mary to his own home. Jesus lived a full life. He discharged fully His duties to man and to God. He was not willing to die and leave anything undone that He ought to do. So He arranged for His mother's future. Here we see Jesus setting a wonderful example.

When God gave the Ten Commandments, He gave us instructions as to how we should feel and act toward our parents. In Exodus 20:12, ''Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Again we read Paul's admonition in Ephesians 6:1-2, ''Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise '' Even in the darkest hour of

His life Jesus stopped long enough to do the right thing concerning His mother. Even while He was on the cross, bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world upon His shoulders He takes time to mak ...


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