“A Heavenly Mission and a Weeping Mother” by Pastor Richard A Daughtridge 03/20/11

Pastor Richard Daughtridge

“A Heavenly Mission and a Weeping Mother” by Pastor Richard A Daughtridge

There was a voice from Heaven, “This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased.” (Biblical)  Then from earth from a different voice, a half whisper, broken words from a broken weeping mother,  “This is my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased.” (Fictional but probable)

One voice from God the Father and the other from Mary, chosen by God to become the mother of Christ.

As God turned his back, ( Isa. 53), Mary the mother at the foot of the cross must have witnessed every detail, heard every scream, and must have cried enough tears to form a river. A predetermined judgment and punishment now had to be carried out as a part of a divine plan. Mary watched as her perfect son carried the weight of humanity’s sin debt to a cross and suffered the reproach and punishment  that belonged to us.

1.   The Witness of Mary

Mary was a young girl, probably only about 12 or 13 years old when the angel Gabriel came to her.

“How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” The angel replies, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1: 35).

2.   The Happiest day in Mary’s life.

Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said:”My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”

3.  Fair Warning

Luke 2:34-35     And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; [35] (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

4.  Can one be a mother to God?

Luke 2:40-49 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. [41] Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. [42] And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. [43] And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. [44] But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. [45] And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. [46] And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. [47] And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. [48] And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. [49] And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Mark 3:32-35   And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. [33] And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? [34] And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! [35] For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

John 19:25-27   Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. [26] When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! [27] Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

5.  Mary, the rest of the story (Mother to one of the most persecuted churches, Ephesus).

You’ve heard the life testimony of  Mary.

What is your verdict?  Was Jesus a fraud or a Savior? Real life truth demands a decision.

More Witnesses to Come: Resurrection Halleluiah!

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