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September 23, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and discussion of a mother's life in Christ life in Christ that ring a bell to day as we look at the world in which we are in and the desire to draw closer to Jesus Christ as individuals changing being willing to grow more like Jesus love God and love others as a grand example in Scripture. And it's the mother of Jesus today Dr. Don Wilton well-known author, evangelists, and pastors cannot share a message called a mother's life of crisis will gain insight that will help you and I live out our lives for Jesus Christ while were doing so here for you love talk and pray with you and 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673 or email@example.com. Open your Bibles with me to John's gospel chapter 19 and verse 25 I want to speak to you about a mother's life of crisis. I mother's life of crisis we going to begin today by looking at one of the most remarkable scenes that you and I can ever imagine.
Behold, God, look at Jesus on the cross.
I'm praying for you today my friends. I'm praying into God's number one that you would give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot live without Jesus is the only one that can forgive you for your son and he's the only one that can grant us access to our heavenly father and write down names in the Lamb's book of life take us to heaven to be with him forever and forever. I'm going to pray that God is going to get a hold of your life. Look at the cross.
I want to show you something here that is remarkable, as we consider a mother's life of crisis. I'm reading from John chapter 19 and verse 25. Now this at the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His mother and his mother's Sr. Mary the wife of Claude pass and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus therefore soul his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing by, he said to his mother, woman, behold his son. Then he said to the disciple, behold your mother and from that hour that disciple took his mother into his own house. Now there's a lot that we can say about what transpired with Jesus brother and his mother Mary. There is also a lot of speculation, but we do know one thing and that is this that when Jesus hung upon the cross, he was dying, giving his life for the sins of mankind and Jesus understood the crisis of humanity.
Nobody understood that better than the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, he himself became sin for us, even though he knew no sin. Jesus was tempted in all points. Just as we all yet without sin. And to boot camp on the cross. Jesus was well versed with the viruses of life. He understood intimately and personally both humanly from his splash and divinely as God. He understood what it means to face the difficulties of life. You have difficulties and not the Son of Man has produced one crisis off to another.
We are warring within our flesh.
The flesh is fighting against the spirit and right now you find yourself in the midst of a crisis. Some undefinable and some are not so easily definable and get right there at the foot of the cross, Jesus looks and he sees his brother and he sees his mother yes I fully conquer that for Jesus was wanting to tell his brother was simply please take care of mom. We know that, and particularly at her age and the fact that she was a widow, and the responsibility that God gives to us as a church. As believers, as human beings to take care of widows and our wives and those God has entrusted us with an especially mothers, but I believe with all my heart that when Jesus said to his brother. Behold your mother that he was very much saying to his own brother you will never make it in your life of crisis without mom. He could not have entrusted a better person to the disciple that he loved because he loved him so much he assigned to him the greatest person possible to be at his side because Jesus knew his mother's life of crisis.
Just think about your mother.
But let's think for a minute about what Jesus mother had demonstrated during her life of crisis.
It's one crisis softer. Another first Jesus mother had demonstrated how to deal with the very unexpected announcement. I can't even go there very shiny man made a sudden appearance to this very young lady, unexpected.
I can't even begin to imagine the shock. Can you we cannot even comprehend the shame of a crisis. The predicament of her life.
The Bible tells us very clearly how that she was greatly troubled in the sole spirit, of course, she was was young Mary which he demonstrated how to deal with this crisis. She said I'm but the Lord's servant wonder what Jesus had in mind when he entrusted her to the beloved disciple. Yes, your mom drawn your take care of her.
But let me let you know in no uncertain terms.
She's going to take care of you. You need to number one because she dealt with an unexpected announcement. She demonstrated how to give birth in a very stinky environment you know we have so romanticized.
Sometimes the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. But I just want you to think about this for just a second try and think about Mary, nine months pregnant. Perhaps Joseph having to leave Nazareth riding on a donkey walking over those hues is rocks, let alone the Roman census not very popular being forced to uproot the very critical time of her life. A very delicate time of her life.
Arriving in the city of David finding out that all the motels were booked all accommodation was taken.
Being relegated to what we: in most likely just a lowly team sit on the side of a hill in the city of David with lot donkeys. What else can you imagine the smells very sanitary. In my opinion, conducive for childbirth. Not according to our standards most certainly not very healthy, very confining very limiting very threatening. She showed us. John behold your mother mother lived her life from one crisis to another. She's the one who said right. She said my soul glorifies the Lord had mice read choices. God my Savior, in the midst of a stinky environment.
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At 866899967. Now back that I want you to a life track. Mary certainly demonstrated how to receive adoring fans. When Jesus was born, she faced another crisis you and I look at this and we love it and rightfully so all here come the shepherds. They were a bunch of them. By the way they were a rugged bunch of stinky men. They probably had fleas that lived out there in the wilderness.
Have you ever seen a mother around a newborn baby. You and his dad's know about that. How many times do we go and wash our hands and put on this and put on that tiptoe around today. You even after put those funny looking green looking pullover slip.
The things that you have to put on a hospitals imagine this all the wise men. These important people. They showed up to Mary. She showed us how to receive adoring fans to us a crisis to her as a mother the interruption of her racist, the exhaustion of her delivery. The confinement of her space. All of these things were crisis, she demonstrated. Furthermore, how to undertake a terrifying journey she and Joseph got word Herod was out to kill forget all the bluff and the game that you mom you, God spoke they accepted to do what they did what they did. If this is not a crisis. I don't know they didn't hear back to their home go back to the lobby space to the familiarity of their surroundings know they jumped on that donkey again but this time I went a long way to the land of Egypt been a lot of speculation about when I went today driving time probably 10 hours. I'm five driven from Cairo to Jerusalem and Bethlehem same place really long way.
Even by today's standards it's a long way back full hundred and 64 miles. Perhaps I'm talking about black today. We don't know exactly where was that they went Mary having just delivered this baby undertook a terrifying journey. Can you imagine going through the negative. The rocks know they were no paved highways, none I know they wasn't a holiday in every 10 miles. There were no blue bolts. There was nothing what crisis can you imagine Rob, the Marine holders can imagine how terrifying this was for a mother with a newborn baby. She demonstrated furthermore how to take Jesus and dedicated team in the temple like God said that's exactly what she did she took her baby and she went to the temple right there in Jerusalem the time of the feast. She took him to Simeon and Simeon took baby Jesus and he prayed over him.
You think that's just happened. That was a crisis.
You know how easily I think maybe I don't know. I understand the law but could we not just do this at home. Could we not just keep ourselves within the context of our own comfortability's argument to comfortable right now. She showed us this mother did. She showed us how to process a perplexing die llama a perplexing die llama. You see, the feast of the Passover happened and they went up to Jerusalem again and Jesus was just 12 years old. You know what happened when they turn around and leave Jesus disappeared. We've experienced that in our family.
I remember the times when one of our children. Just suddenly were not to be found. You know that panic Bible says very clearly that that they will run away. In fact, when they found Jesus in the temple.
They were us punished. That's what the word of God sees.
Actually, Jesus's mother turned demon city boy. You know how anxiously we have been searching for you did not understand the panic. The Bible says that they had gone up all way down the road hitting back to Nazareth.
Now there were a lot of people in the children were playing in. They found Jesus. She showed us how to process a really perplexing die llama this mother did Bible say she treasured these things in her heart. Can you believe that you lose your son, you can't find him and you on then you find him and then he says I'm about my father's business and she treasures these things. How do you treasure such a crisis.
But this mother knew how to do that.
Furthermore, she responded to all four predicament member. The wedding she went to Jesus. She was there. It was a Who's Who awful predicament they ran out of wine. You didn't do that in most states, and everybody was in a panic, but not mom. Everybody was in a panic to do. How can face the crowd with what people think of us, not mom. She knew exactly what to do. Just do what he tells you to do this. Mom mother's life of crisis. She demonstrated how to watch a brutal beating of the son she loved. I can't even go here is now we getting into the divine purpose of God.
Now we going to deep level that deep level rests in a mother's heart in this mother's heart for sure. I think personally of the many many times that Mr. brutal great grief to the heart of my mother as a young boy and as a teenager, but she she knew better you ever tried to entering the heart of this mother as she stood there, watch them beat her son the way they did this mother. She demonstrated how to gaze upon her dying son. She was there for the cross wasn't a pretty sight drawn so your mom see mother. I know I'm taking license. This is Jesus dying for the sin of the world Jesus and you he sort. He walked, he lived it. He experienced it is the very reason why he was on the cross Jesus try to bill the disciples fear not, I know I'm going but I'm going to send the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew that it would be a while before the comforter would come. Jesus understood he sold the Romans. He felt the impact of that Kevin on titles he sold the anger he experienced the hostility. Jesus knew it. There is no doubt about it, none whatsoever, Jesus, and you drawn.
You need mom son Yep.
Your responsibility is to take care of her. You provide for you.
Give her security. You give a roof overhead you make sure she eats property you you do everything necessary. But let there be no mistake.
John, I love you so much you all the beloved disciple you need mom. So what is this teach us get this now want to just put this on you ready for this. You might want to write this.I love to go to Scripture to the Bible and then awesome God to show me the overriding principles here.
This is for you and for me this is what God is put in my heart carriages number one. These all this is what God teaches us number one God's ways are not our ways. The angel came to young Mary. Everything about the birth of Jesus. Everything about everything about Jesus, God's ways are not our ways. I want you to be encouraged today. Number two principal number two who we all is far more important than way. We all did you hear that you see. Mary was in a crisis in a cave in Bethlehem. She was away from home she was in the stinky place she was surrounded by too many people, but she never changed who we all his formal significant then where we all sometimes we look at our home and we say amen. I just wish we could have better. I wish we could be better. I wish we could go there. I wish we could live the it's who you are, my friend in Christ.
That's what matters. That's what Mary showed us principal number three.
This is what we're told. God does speak through godly people he does.
He sent the shepherds he sent the wisemen.
God does speak through godly people you know this cost week one of the most precious man that I've ever met Dr. Ellis to walk lost Monday close these eyes in this life and God's angels came and picked him up, gave him a royal escort into the presence of Jesus. God does speak through godly people. I will always thank the Lord Jesus for the life in the ministry.
The friendship the encouragement the mental ship Dr. Alister Walker.
I thank God for you and for your godly life. That's what Mary showed us this is what we extrapolate number four. I think this is what this teaches us mother's life in crisis that the world is God's parish. The world is God's parish didn't matter if it was a Nazareth basement him.
How about Egypt, the wound is God's parish don't restrict God, my friend, don't put them in a box, don't inform God that you will serve him, just so long as it is where the wound is God's parish, Christ died for all people, and especially for you is why today I'm inviting you to give your life to Christ that invitation to give your life to Christ. Now like to do so. It's as simple as opening your heart to God in a simple prayer like this, Lord God, I realize I said separated me from that. I realize you Jesus because of your love for me going to the cross to build a bridge to erase my sin and give me an act for them.
I believe in you Jesus.
I believe the son of God, help me safely in Jesus name, given your heart to Jesus. We love to put some resources in the hands to help you grow. The next steps would you call us at 866899 word this number down. It's available 24 hours a day, 866-899-9673 or online at tewonline.org