03/18/2012 This Word Reminds Us!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Under: Sermon
The Cross has a Message Series

Text: John 19:25-27 (NKJV)

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" 27 Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.” John 15:13

Intro: This is my third message from my series on “The Cross has a Message” and what a message this is on a real example of Love. A love that shows the epitome of our Lord! The first three words from the cross: “Father, forgive them.” This is an expression of forgiveness by the perfect Son, and then we heard “Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.” This is an expression of assurance by the perfect Savior, in today’s message we hear “Woman, behold thy son.” This is an expression of affection by the perfect man.

What powerful words from a powerful God: The first - His pity for man. The second - His power towards those who believe in Him. The third - His provision for those upon whom His love is set. That is the setting for today, His provision for those upon whom His love is set.

Application: He provides for those for whom He loves.

1. This Word Reminds us of Jesus and the Family: In His dying hour, Jesus speaks of family!

Jesus’ mother, Mary was there. This was the time that Simeon had warned her long ago would come, when the sword would pierce her soul as she watched her Son suffer. Jesus’ mother’s sister Salome was there, Mary the wife of Clopas the “other Mary” was there and Mary Magdalene was the forth. There we have it, four women who set precedence for devotion for their Lord! The only man among the group that gathered at the foot of the cross was John himself, the disciple whom Jesus loved.

THIS IS AN EXPRESSION OF SELFLESS LOVE: When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” Even as He was dying, bearing man’s sin and God’s wrath, Jesus selflessly cared for those whom He loved. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.”

Jesus entrusted Mary to John; he became as a son to her in Jesus’ place, and from that hour he took her into his own household. This may seem a very mundane thing to be concerned about in the hour of His greatest sacrifice, but the beauty of the Savior’s love and compassion for His widowed mother, in the midst of His own excruciating pain, reflects His love for His own: “having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” The family is instituted of God, Christ longs to be the center of every home. The words on the cross remind us of the care Christ has for family.

2. This Word Reminds us of Jesus and the Faithful Few:

I must ponder for a moment on the stories in the gospels that tell us of the multitudes of people who were following Christ everywhere He went. Don’t forget the free meals, the miracles He showed, the list goes on and on. So this leads me to my next thought, how many were there at the cross when our Lord was dying? Only a few!

Matthew 26:56 (NKJV) “But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.’

Things haven’t changed we are still forsaking Him and fleeing every chance we get. But John returns! love draws him. How few were the faithful, but how faithful were the few! They stood at the cross. Can you say that in your life today, are you one of those few who stand at the cross with a love that has drawn you to a sacrificial love?

This cross was not an easy place to stand; people are willing to rally to so many banners and causes. Few are willing to stand at the cross. Most of the work of Christ has been done by the minority.

“The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few” Matthew 9:37 (NKJV) Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

Where are the Laborers? Is it more comfortable on the recliner at home then to get out of your comfort zone and fellowship with the Son? Thank God for the Faithful Few are you one?

Any supporter of Jesus who stood at the cross ran the risk of ridicule and arrest. Nevertheless, the women stood there. Why? They loved Him. There is no other explanation: they simply loved Him. He had done so much for them that they were willing to stand by Him no matter the cost. Hebrews 13:13 (NKJV) “Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”

The words on the cross should convict us all but only a few respond are you one of the faithful?

3. This Word Reminds us of Jesus and His Faithfulness to us:

"Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!"

Look at Jesus' care of His mother. His thoughts were on others, not on Himself. Every fiber of His being existed for others, not for Himself. Even in death, His mind and being were set on taking care of others. He was touched with the feelings of Mary's hurt and pain. In the last moments of His life upon earth, He made arrangements for her care. He is touched with the feeling of our hurt and pain, so he takes care of us.

Hebrews 4:15-16 (NKJV) “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Christians are to carry on this task of caring for others: “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV) The words on the cross show Christ faithfulness to us, are you faithful to Him?

Conclusion:

What does this Statement of the Cross say to you? How will you Respond? Will you Allow Christ to be Lord of your Home? Will you be Faithful to Him even if it Means Being in the Minority?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

I, Not You!: The scholarly Scotsman William Barclay shared the story of a missionary who went to an Indian village to tell the story of Jesus. Following his talk, the Christian showed slide presentations of Jesus, using a whitewashed wall for the screen. When the picture of Christ on the cross appeared, a man sprang to his feet exclaiming, “Come down from that cross, Son of God. I, not You, should be hanging there!”

Do you understand the meaning of the Cross, do you see the message?

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