by Keith Krell

The Mother Who Wowed Jesus
Keith Krell
Matthew 15:21-28

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. ''Where would you like to sit?'' he asked. ''The front row please,'' she answered. ''You really don't want to do that,'' the usher said. ''The pastor is really boring.'' ''Do you happen to know who I am?'' asked the woman. ''No,'' said the usher. ''I'm the pastor's mother,'' she replied indignantly. ''Do you know who I am?'' the usher asked. ''No,'' she said. ''Good.''

I just love this story. And it's only fitting that I use this illustration since my own mother sent it to me. Of course, I hope that you will not find me boring, but even if you do, you will not find the heroine of Matt 15 boring. She is a mother who wowed Jesus. As we read her story, ladies (and gentlemen) will be challenged to wow Jesus as well.

But today, maybe you're not feeling terribly energetic. You may be feeling weary, beat down, and hopeless. Let's face it, there are a lot of pressures on moms today. Being a mom is the toughest job in the world. Our success-driven society expects that you will have a successful career, keep the house spotless, raise perfect children, be a great cook, look like a model, and be a charming hostess and conversationalist. It's no wonder many mothers feel wiped out! Yet, Jesus wants you to simply be a woman of faith and persistence. That's all He requires of you. Let's now look at Matt 15:21-28.

In 15:21, Matthew writes, ''Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.'' In Matt 15, the Jewish leaders are beginning to turn against Jesus. As a result, Jesus turns more to the Gentiles. Tyre and Sidon are port cities located in modern-day Lebanon and Syria. Earlier in his gospel, Matthew points out that the people of Tyre and Sidon are not known for their faith (11:21-22), yet we are about to meet a mother from this region who displ ...

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