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#1 Samer


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Posted 09 March 2010 - 10:57 AM

Here are the notes for something I taught last Wednesday.

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. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (John 19:25-27)

The Lord's Authority
-Account only in John – emphasis on “Son of God.”
-In all the earthly humiliation, he shows he still has heavenly authority, as he makes a command.
-He called Mary “woman” instead of “mother.” - some modern versions DO say “mother,” or simply omit “woman”--but all manuscripts say “woman.”
-Not to degrade her, but to establish their permanent relationship.
-Their earthly mother/child relationship could be no more.
-Jesus is Lord and Saviour to Mary, a saved servant. Luke 1:47.
-Refutes the Catholic dogma that Mary is “Mother of God” and “co-redemptrix.”
-Of all his earthly relations, none could stand between Jesus and the Father's wrath.

The Lord's Compassion
-Jesus honored his parents more than any other child—fulfilling the Law. (5th commandment)
-Mary was in agony herself. Luke 2:35. It is compassion for the Lord to address her during his
redemptive work.
-When the Lord's name is attacked, or when one of his own brings him reproach, we
ought to feel hurt, as his body.
-In addition to the spiritual connection, Mary has the natural connection to Jesus, as his
earthly mother. Imagine watching your son be mocked and crucified!
-She's going to be left alone in the world, without Jesus.
-Jesus loved his friends. His dear friend John was going to be without his beloved Jesus. John 15:15.
-John apparently returned to Jesus, after forsaking him. Mat. 26:31,35,56. Jesus shows grace.
-He takes these two and puts them together. What a pair!
-Imagine Mary telling John stories of when Jesus was young.
-Imagine John telling Mary stories of Jesus and his ministry.
-They must have been so blessed in that house by stories of Jesus!
-Jesus should be our favorite subject at home; this will bless our family.

The Lord's Trust
-As earthly son, Jesus's natural responsibility was to care for Mary.
-In his absence, Jesus asks John to take over this important duty—the Lord's earthly duty.
-Jesus would not be flippant in deciding the care of his earthly mother, nor the future of his beloved disciple.
-He trusted in both to care for each other.
-The Lord has no more body of flesh on this earth, to do his mind's will.
-We as believers are his means of working in the world.
-We (all the redeemed) are the church, which is his body. Eph. 1:22,23.
-Jesus entrusted John with something so close to his heart in his earthly work.
-He entrusts us with something even dearer and more important—the Gospel. "W[/align]e were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel." 1Thes. 2:4, 1Cor. 15:10.
-Can Jesus trust us as he trusted John? Are we reliable?
-Are our hearts filled with his love, as John's was?
-Do we spend time with him, as John did?
-If Jesus wants to go somewhere, he uses our feet; to say something, he uses our tongues; to give, he uses our hands.
-Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? Psa. 24:3,4.
-Do I keep my tongue holy?
-He has entrusted his work on earth to us, and he will use a clean vessel. Rom. 12:1,2.
-2Cor. 3:2,3.

Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today
He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way
He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died
He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.
We are the only Bible the careless world will read,
We are the sinner’s gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed;
We are the Lord’s last message, given in word and deed;
What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?
What if our hands are busy with other work than His?
What if our feet are walking where sin’s allurement is?
What if our tongue is speaking of things His lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him or welcome His return?
—Annie Johnston Flint

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 06:53 PM

Thanks for the post!

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:02 PM

Yes, samer, thanks for the post. It was a blessing to me.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 04:14 PM

Thanks Samer! Great post!

I hope I don't need to but, I may need to borrow from it.

-Not to degrade her, but to establish their permanent relationship.
-Their earthly mother/child relationship could be no more.

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