A family is a group of people related either by birth, by marriage or other relationship. Members may include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, grandparents, aunts, uncles …If you wish to listen to the full sermon, Click Here
Although the bible does not have a direct biblical definition of family, it does illustrate to us how family got started by God Himself. Let’s follow the biblical creation of family: Genesis 2:18
This leads us into Part Three: Family Matters of the eight-part series titled The Bucket List. As we continue, let’s look at families today.
We must understand that although the bible doesn’t specifically define “Family”, it is an intricate part of the word. It is part of the commandments “Honor thy Mother & Father”.
The problem is that we take our families for granted and do not apply God’s principles. This brings us to our scripture reading today; John 19:25-27
We must take note here that Jesus shows concern for his mother. In first century Judaism, a woman was considered the ward (to put it politely) of her oldest, closest living male adult relative. This usually meant her husband, her father, or her oldest son. Jesus refers to his mother as “Woman” John 2:4
If this fact were unclear to any reader, it becomes clear when Jesus says to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” And he says to the Beloved Disciple, “Behold, your mother!” Jesus empowers the Beloved Disciple to take his place as the senior son, the provider and protector of his mother from that moment on. To the original readers this would have been a powerful sign that the Beloved Disciple was “the man,” the true successor to Jesus not only in Jesus’ biological family but also in the family of faith, Christianity.
We learn a lot about Jesus by the seven statements he made while he was dying on the cross. Each one has significance and meaning.
The first thing Jesus said was: Luke 23:34
Second, He interacted with two criminals being crucified alongside Him. One hurled abuse and rejected Him, the other confessed his sin and cried out to Him to save him to which Jesus responded, Luke 23:43
While being crucified, Jesus looked down and saw His mother and His disciple John. He looked at Mary and said, “Woman, behold, your son. John is now your son. And John, this is now your mother.” Mary went to live with John for the rest of her life.
Jesus was being incredibly intentional with His words and actions to give us a glimpse into the heart of God.
To understand the significance, we must consider the situation in which He was saying it. What was happening when Jesus stopped and took care of the needs of His mother? He was paying for the sins of the world.
He was suffering one of the most painful experiences of physical torture that any person could possibly endure. He had been whipped, His back being completely torn to shreds. He had been punched repeatedly in the face. Romans had taken a thorn crown and crushed it down upon His head. He had suffered an incredible loss of blood. He was desperately weak and thirsty. They took spikes, driving them into His wrists and feet, fastening Him to a cross, slamming it upright into the ground with all His weight being held only by those spikes. The physical cost He was paying for your sins was enormous.
Jesus was enduring the wrath of the Holy God. As He hung on the cross, God was pouring His wrath out onto Him, so that we wouldn’t have to receive it ourselves. Jesus had existed eternally with the Father in a holy, loving and sinless relationship.
Jesus was performing the most significant act in human history. Yet, suddenly He stopped to make sure a desperate widow had somebody to take care of her.
Jesus was always doing stuff like this, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, caring and loving for people. What He did wasn’t necessarily significant. But when He chose to do it was. It is a lesson to be learned.
He chose the moment when He was hanging on the cross, paying for the sins of the world, to stop and take care of Mary’s future. Ask yourself why?
The statement about His mother was the only statement made on the cross that didn’t fulfill a prophecy that had to take place during the death of the Messiah or was Jesus responding to a unique situation.
“Father forgive them, they know now what they do.” Jesus was talking to the people who just put the spikes in His wrists.
“Today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus was talking to the criminal who just asked for His forgiveness and there was no other day Jesus would be in paradise but that one.
“I thirst.” We know that this is a fulfillment of prophecy that was unique to the death of the Messiah.
“Father, why have you forsaken me?” There is no other time in history this statement would have been applicable besides the cross.
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Jesus only died once. This comment had to be made on the cross.
“It is finished.” There is only one time that Jesus pays for the sin of the world. He will not do it again. This statement was unique to the cross.
He is the kind of God that stops in the middle of paying the highest cost a person could pay to take care of His mom.
The scriptures tell us how God wants us to take care of our families here on earth. Husbands: Ephesians 5:25-28 Colossians 3:19
Fathers: Ephesians 6:4 Colossians 3:21
Wives: Ephesians 5:22, 23
Mothers; 1 Timothy 5:14 Titus 2:4, 5
Children: Exodus 20:12 Ephesians 6:1-3
Siblings: I Timothy 5:1-3
Do your children a favor and establish a family as God defines it and they will grow up with a better understanding of God and the wonderful salvation He offers
So what changes are you going to make in your family matters?
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