Tom Scott - 4/03/2018
Theme: Jesus loved those who were closest to him
Date: March 5, 2018
The Lord blessed us with a good Sunday in which to come together as his family and celebrate the Father’s great love for us. The text for our message was John 19:25-27. It is here that we read the third statement from Jesus’ lips as he hung there on the cross. Jesus would asks his beloved disciple to take care of his mother. These very touching words would be ingrained on the hearts and minds of these two individuals for years as they carried out Jesus’ dying wishes. Jesus’ message should also speak to us today as we consider the relationship which he seeks with us as his followers. The truth is simple; Jesus wants to spend eternity with us. Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message which was shared yesterday.
1. Jesus spoke to his mother from the cross once she drew near to him. John records these very special words for us in his gospel. During this tender moment, Jesus uses the word “woman” when talking to her. Why do you suppose Jesus used this word instead of calling her mother?
2. The disciple whom Jesus loved is a reference to John who wrote this gospel account. John would receive Mary into his home from this time forward. Have you ever welcomed someone into your home for an extended period of time?
3. During the second half of the message I shared four thoughts on the relationship that God seeks with his creation. Scriptures prove that God wants to be apart of our lives. What are some scriptures you can think of that establish the point?
4. The Psalmist says that God puts the lonely in families. Jesus did not want his mother to be alone after his death and so he passed her off to John to care for. The church is our spiritual family. We are to care for one another like brothers and sisters. How are you doing when it comes to strengthen the family bonds which exists within your home and church?
5. God wants to walk with us throughout eternity. Can you imagine walking along the river of life with Jesus at your side? That’s what God is looking forward to. This is why Jesus was willing to suffer as he did on the cross. What will it mean for you to be in fellowship with God in Heaven?
Many of us know someone that might be wrestling with feelings of loneliness. Let’s invite them into our lives. Let’s encourage them to join us in walking with Jesus as we continue on this spiritual journey which the Lord has set us on.
Introduction: As Jesus was hanging from the cross; he noticed his mother standing on the ground below. He will share a moment with his mother which speaks of the love that he had for her. Jesus came to save mankind from their sins, but he also realized the importance of having others in our lives. This scene in John chapter 19 helps us understand the importance of being in fellowship with others.
I. Jesus saw his mother.
What do you think it was like for Jesus to witness the pain his mother was going through during his time on the cross?
A. Are you my mother?
This children’s book was always a favorite of mine when going to visit the dentist office.
B. Here is your mother.
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
II. Jesus spoke to his disciple.
Why was John the only disciple to come visit Jesus while he was on the cross?
A. On the cross.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
B. Near the cross.
Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
III. Jesus addresses our need.
He deals with our need for being in relationship with others.
A. Throughout our lives.
When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
B. Within our families.
1 Timothy 5:3-4
1 Timothy 5:3-4
Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
C. Within the church.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
D. Throughout all eternity.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Conclusion: There is no doubt that Jesus loved his mother and extended family as evidenced by this touching scene at the cross. Scriptures tell us that Jesus loves all those who draw near to him. Today, listen to the voice of the Savior who is calling out your name. Follow him on this spiritual journey which he has mapped out for us.