MOTHERS DAY

Maybe you’ve never been blessed with children, or your children are no longer here. And you feel sad or left out on Mothers Day, take courage in Christ’s female disciples.

“It came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,  And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.” Luke 13:1-3, Matthew 27:55-56, and Mark 15:40-41

No children were ever mentioned with these women, so they weren’t praised for being great mothers but for their faithfulness to Christ.

Jesus treated everyone, male or female, Jew or Gentile,  as equally sinful and in need of salvation. Love motivated Him, not issues. He moved through social norms and crossed all lines of prejudice. He was a controversial figure who befriended sinners and touched the untouchable. So it’s no surprise that He had female disciples.

These women gave generously out of their private resources to help provide items needed for the ministry. Some have interpreted it to mean supplying food, clothes, and meals.

Christ welcomed these converts and included them as He toured the country. These women traveled with Jesus and the Twelve, caring for their needs and serving them practically.

Whether a mother or not, all Christian women will be fulfilled serving the Lord.

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WHEN

 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
WHEN you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you; and
WHEN you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
WHEN you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”  Isaiah 43:1-3

Everyone will go through tough times.

Everyone will have problems.

Everyone will suffer and experience pain.

WHEN this happens, call out to God. He is with us in troubles.  He will take us through stress and turmoil. He will keep us in His loving care throughout the difficulty.

And He may even teach us a lesson, if we are ready to learn from it and if we are listening.

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CARING FRIENDS

The friends of the paralytic went to great lengths to help this man. “And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.” Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12,and Luke 5:17-26

It took all four of them working together to bring this invalid to Christ, but they believed Jesus could help him. The house was crowded and they couldn’t get inside, so they climbed the roof and made a hole large enough to lower their friend. Destroying someone’s roof is breaking the law, but Jesus saw their intent and their faith.

In Matthew’s account (9:2)  Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son.” (which means there’s nothing to fear.)  This was a very comforting thing to say to this sinful man who had interrupted Christ’s teaching.

The man’s paralysis was obvious, but Jesus saw the condition of the man’s heart. Christ went to the root of the problem. Sin. The man needed his sins forgiven.

“Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:3-5  “Get up, take your mat and go home,” This miracle demonstrates Christ’s power and His grace to those in need.

We help our sick friends by taking them food and carrying them to the doctor, but the best way to help our friends is to take them to Jesus.

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