There are no two ways about it, Jesus turned our way of viewing things and thinking upside down. Probably the most incredible way He did this was in the midst of His greatest suffering. Jesus showed us a different way to act, behave and handle ourselves in the midst of our pain. Jesus taught us so much, and He set us an example even while enduring the cross for us, which was His greatest trial. Tak a look at this passage…
John 19:25-27 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ”Woman, behold, your son!” 27Then he said to the disciple, ”Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. [ESV]
We immediately see Jesus showing care for others while He is hanging on His cross. Specifically we see Him honoring His mother – this is quite relevant to our lives this week as Mother’s Day is approaching this Sunday. Jesus loved and honored His mother, and He is showing care for others even while He is suffering, what an example He is to us. Lets draw a couple of things from this for our lives.
2 Things Jesus taught us in the midst of suffering:
1] How we react and what we do in the midst of our suffering matters
We never see Jesus complaining, whining, and wondering why no one is coming to His rescue. We do see Him showing care for others. He used His suffering to reach out to others. We may not realize it, but people are watching us and watching how we handle suffering. If we can get past ourselves, in the midst of our struggles, God can use us to reach out and even care for others while we are going through a trial. That leads to the second point…
2] We should be consistent in the midst of suffering
The cross was Jesus purpose for coming, and He did that to make a way for us. He did not have an attitude of selfishness while He was suffering, He was generous and sacrificed deeply for others through His greatest suffering. Think about this, Jesus was not acting differently while on the cross. He was consistent. He always loved His mother, He always honored her, He always obeyed her, and He was making sure she would be taken care of even while He was suffering.
What is the first thing we do when facing a problem in our lives?
Where do we run to when we feel like things are falling apart?
How do we re-act when things don’t go our way or we feel some pain?
Imagine making sacrifices for others in the midst of your struggles
REMEMBER – SUNDAY IS MOTHER’S DAY, HONOR YOUR MOM!!!