Mother’s Day Message
- Don't cross your eyes like that, what if your face should freeze?
- What if everybody jumped off a cliff? Would you do it too?
- Look at me when I'm talking to you! Don't you look at me like that!
- You eat everything on your plate. There's starving children in China.
- Do you think your underwear is going to pick itself up?
- No Child of MINE would do anything like that.
- How many times do I have to tell you DON'T throw things in the house.
- Just you wait till your dad gets home!
- What? Were you raised in the barn? Close that door!
- Did you flush the toilet when you got through?
Mother's Day is a time for a trip home, cards sent, telephone calls, candy and flowers to be delivered, breakfast in bed, all sorts of things that say "I love you Mom..."
It is a special time of the year when we recognize our mothers.
Any of you know the history of Mother’s Day?
1n the 1600's, young men and women who were working away from home would return to their homes on "Mothering Sunday" bringing small gifts and a special cake.
In our country of America interest in a Mother's Day began when two sisters were left alone after their mother died and one of the sisters, Anna Jarvis and her friends began to a campaign to gain support from ministers, businessmen and politicians in declaring a national Mother's Day holiday. The first Mother's Day observance was in Grafton, West Virginia and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1908. Red carnations came to represent a living mother and a white one signifying that one's mother was dead.
In May, 1913, a resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives requesting the President and all members of Congress to wear a white carnation on Mother's Day. Later on, May 8, 1914, Congress declared that the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
All in conjunction with Hallmark, 1800 Flowers … I was with my son, Bauer and we were picking out cards for mom … $6.99 a card.
I understand Mother’s Day brings lots of emotions. Some good, some frustration.
Some have great experiences with mom.
Some don’t … like mom did not live up to expectations.
Perhaps your mom is no longer here and you miss her greatly
- Or you mom struggle with being a mom
- Or you are so desiring to be a mom … and this holiday really is awful to tell you the truth.
- Or you are like … I love being with my family. We are here to celebrate being human today! We all came from a mom and we say thank you to Jesus for having the opportunity to be alive today.
Here is the truth:
The Heavenly Father, as the New Testament reveals, but the Old Testament pictures God being like a mother and no fuller or more charming revealing of God's nature than that of a devoted mother is shown in Isaiah 66:13.
Let’s read it.
Isaiah 66:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
Think for a moment about how a mother cares for her children and family, and then think of how God cares for us. Is it not also like that of a "mother?"
Illustration of a caring mother.
Rudolph the red nose
GOD USES HUMAN TERMS TO RELATE TO US.
We read of God's ear, His arm, His voice, His feet, etc.
For example, God is said to have a "face." He sets His face against evil (Leviticus 20:6). Numbers 6:25 refers to God making His face shine upon us.
God is also referred to as having "hands" on many occasions. In Exodus 7:5 God says, "I stretch out my hand against Egypt." In Isaiah 23:11, "He has stretched out his hand over the sea."
The psalmist referred to God having arms: "you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm" (Psalm 89:10b). Deuteronomy 4:34 and 5:15, as well as other passages, mention God's "outstretched arm."
Scripture also refers to God's "eyes." We read that, "The eyes of the Lord" are on the righteous (Psalm 34:15). And God keeps his eyes on the land (Deuteronomy 11:12).
I need to explain that God also “likens Himself” to also be a "mother" to us in many ways.
Of all the prophets, Isaiah seems to be the fondest in painting God as an actual human mother.
Now let be clear:
God the Father is spirit. He makes man and woman in his own image, though he himself is not male or female. He prefers to manifest his own nature to us through masculine titles, and sometimes in feminine metaphors.
Why? Completeness and identity.
There is a holy distinction between male and female. And you can’t change what God has created and ordained.
There are Christians who reject the idea of gender roles and male headship. They would suggest that the society in which Scripture was written was patriarchal (ruled by men), and, while that worldview is reflected in the Bible’s use of language, they miss the mark when true godly men sacrifice daily for the heart of the kingdom.
It is reported that a well-known Bible translator was approached by someone who felt that the translation he was working on should use feminine pronouns to refer to God. The translator asked if feminine pronouns should be used to refer to the devil as well: “Resist the devil and she will flee from you.”
Unfortunately, in our society many mothers reflect the loving, caring, and providing nature of God better than fathers who have often failed to live up to their God-given responsibilities. Here in the inner city, we have grandmothers and grandfathers, raising their grandchild as their own. Enter the projects and you will find mom’s and grandmothers but you will not find dad’s.
Many people would testify that they have trouble with the concept of God as Father because they associate Him with their absent or abusive human fathers. The solution is to get to know God the Father as He really is, not to substitute Him with God the Mother.
And let me add this … there is a lot of confusion in our current society. Our society is confused with identity and completeness that displayed by God through the distinction of a man and a woman. When humanity determines their identity away from God, confusion runs amuck. Our society see masculinity and femininity at odds.
God honored humans by making us in His own image, male and female. For years now, our society and “gender” SJW activists have said male-female differences are socially learned.
But science is showing us this is not completely true and that differences between men and women are rooted in biology.
Now back to scripture:
“For a long time I [God] have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.” (Isa. 42:14)
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I [God] comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” (Isa. 66:13)
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I [God] will not forget you!” (Isa. 49:15)
Now the ultimate way God related to us is through his Son Jesus.
3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[a]God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[b]And so he condemned sin in the flesh,
‘He became what we are so that we might become what He is’
THE CHARACTER OF GOD
Find the best mother but she will still be lacking in one or more "graces." Everyone here will have stories about their mom’s short comings. Sometime earlier in your preteen lives and definitely during high school you learned that mom lacked some grace. She was not perfect. And it hurt.
God is love.
1 John 4:8 says, "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
And 1 John 4:16 says, "We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
This is a massive claim. God is love. In a word I think it means something like: God's absolute fullness of life and truth and beauty and goodness and all other perfections is such that he is not only self-sufficient, but also, in his very nature, overflowing.
God is so absolute, so perfect, so complete, so full, so inexhaustibly resourceful, so joyful, that he is by nature a Giver, a Worker for others, a Helper, a Protector.
“God is fundamentally and essentially LOVE: not merely is loving.”
Love is a core aspect of God’s character, His Person. God’s love is in no sense in conflict with His holiness, righteousness, justice, or even His wrath. All of God’s attributes are in perfect harmony. Everything God does is loving, just as everything He does is just and right. God is the perfect example of true love.
For the mother’s in this room, I have a thought of what you really want for this mother’s day. You appreciate the flowers, the cards, the breakfast in bed …. But I have a thought that you wanted something “more”
You want “more.”
I think all of us in this room will say “WE WANT MORE.”
More of this, more of that.
How about More God! How more of God’s love in your life.