Mothers are amazing. Mine is, Abby and Stephen’s is, and I am certain that one day, the mother of my grandchildren will be. There is something about mothers, something about the way they love their children. Agatha Christie wrote, “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
I believe Jesus understands the depth of a mother’s love. I believe that it was the love of His mother Mary, that prompted the following brief conversation in John 19:26-27. Here John records that “when Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”
How amazing is it that this conversation is recorded. Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, God’s one and only Son, while hanging on a cross, amid the pain of crucifixion, naked and dying, carrying the sin of the world, and suffering like I cannot begin to imagine—in the middle of all of that—He is worried about His mom. Jesus understands the depth of a mother’s love! I also think He understood her pain. She wasn’t nailed to a cross, but we know that she experienced extreme agony too. Simeon, in Luke 2:34-35, described the pain she would feel would be like a “sword piercing her own soul”. I believe that the only heart that ached more than Mary’s on that day, was the heart of our Heavenly Father.
Robert Browning is wrong when he writes, “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” Love begins and ends with God—but the love of a mother is certainly next in line.
Share with me your thoughts about Mothers — Glenn
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