Greetings from The Springs! I hope that all moms had a Happy Mother’s Day. I know that for some whose mothers have passed on, the day can be bittersweet, yet God’s love can grace us through anything!
Awesome, awesome, awesome message on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13. Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. had a different perspective for us to look at when it comes to our mothers and their significance as women. Before we were called to be mothers, we were called to serve our husbands. This is important for understanding the sermon.
St. John 13:34 tells us how to love one another. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Now love was not a new commandment because God told us how to do this in Leviticus 19:18. “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
The newness comes in the manner of which we are to love.
So what is new about love in St. John 13:34? Jesus wants us to love in a sacrificial, endless and unconditional way. We are to love when it hurts or even when they despise us or talk about us. Look at this. Jesus had to disfigure His body for us to get eternal life. A woman has to disfigure her body to give life. Both Jesus and the woman were called to be a sacrifice.
For more clarification, go to John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God’s gift for sacrifice to us was Christ.
As God called Jesus to serve mankind, He called the woman to serve a man (husband). Genesis 2:18–“And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.” God called a woman to be a sacrifice and lead a life of service.
Mothers love in the same sense that Jesus loved us. He gave love unconditionally. He brought shame to Himself but He gave Himself for us. They did all kinds of things to Jesus. One of the few times that He got upset was in the temple with the moneychangers.
They took advantage of innocent non-Jews that came to the temple when they needed to exchange their money to pay the temple tax. The people (church folk) that should have been helping them were trying to push them back by cheating them. Likewise, if a mother’s child was being mistreated, she would aggressively do the same. She would do whatever it takes to keep her child from being taken advantage of in any manner.
She will give her last money and give all that is in her being to help and protect her own. Don’t mess with momma’s child!
There were 613 laws given to us in the Bible. Yet, Jesus said the one that covers them all is the command to love one another as He loved us. We are to have a love that causes us to sacrifice ourselves for someone else.
This unconditional love always cost something, though. Love until it hurts. In this type of love, it is no longer “me first.”
Jesus is the living example of God’s love. We are to be the living example of this love to the world. With this unconditional, sacrificial love, Jesus said, “All will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
When you compare Jesus’ love to that of Mom, you can easily see the similarity of a mother to Christ. Glory Be To God!
T. Adrienne Terrell