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Mother’s Day 2006

MARY: A MODEL OF MOTHERHOOD

JOHN 2:1-11

INTRODUCTION: {Video Clip: Gospel of John - Chp. 3:12:50 - 16:08 - 3:18}

A wedding took place at Cana, in Galilee. Now, weddings are almost always times of great joy, but sometimes, even with the best of planning, things go wrong. So it was at this wedding. Vs:3- “When the wine had given out...” Here the imperfection doesn’t show up in the ceremony but at the reception. The family in charge ran out of refreshments before the party is done. For the man in charge of the banquet, it was a most embarrassing moment! And so, Mary, Jesus’ mother is asked to help.

Now, when we think of the life of Mary, I think our minds would often think of that young girl in Bethlehem giving birth to the Christ child. But at this particular time, as the video clip accurately showed, she is around 50 years old. And Mary, knowing her son, tells Jesus about the problem inferring, as only mother’s can do, that he should solve the situation. Now, it’s important to understand that Jesus is 30 years old and has probably been the head of the home for the last decade. Most think Joseph, Mary’s husband, died when Jesus was a youngster. We read of Joseph for the last time when Jesus was 12 and taken to the temple. After that Mary is always mentioned alone and the assumption, by most scholars, is that Joseph had died. So, Jesus would’ve taken over the carpentry shop and been the provider for the family. So as Mary looks to Jesus, I think, by looking at his response, saying, “My time has not yet come,” that it’s pretty clear she is asking him to provide a miracle. And he does!

But using this incident as a spring board I want us to focus on this Mother’s Day on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Over the years a number of legends have developed about her. There are those that suggest that she was a virgin all of her life. But the Bible says in Mk 3:35 that Jesus had other brothers and sisters. Mary had children after Jesus by Joseph. Some say that instead of dying Mary ascended into heaven and now she’s our mediator in prayer. But the Bible says nothing about such an event and 1 Tim. 2:5- “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus.”(NLT) But since Mary has occasionally been elevated to a position not found in Scripture there’s a tendency for some to go to the opposite extreme and say little or nothing about her. She is called in the Bible: “The mother of our Lord” and it says she was "highly favored among women." So Mary deserves a great deal of respect among Christian people. And from this passage and others I think we can see 3 things that show her to be: “A model of motherhood.”

I. MOTHERHOOD IS OFTEN A DIFFICULT ROLE:

I want you to see first that motherhood is often a difficult role. You know all mothers have difficulties at times raising their children. It doesn’t matter how smart they are or how special they are - there are always challenges.

{Video Clip: Forrest Gump - Start: Chp. 1:4:27 - Stop: Chap. 1:6:42 = 2:15}


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