Mar. 14, 2021
Woman, Here Is Your Son
John 19:28-30; Luke 22:39-42
a. Father, Forgive Them
b. Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise
c. My God, My God, Why Have Your Forsaken Me
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
d. ____________, Here Is Your Son
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
e. In John’s Gospel Mary only appears at the ____________ in Cana and at the cross. This may suggest she represents the scope of Jesus’s incarnational ministry from its inception through its redemptive culmination.
2. Mary And Jesus…From Son To ____________
“My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”
“This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
“Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing…All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.”
Luke 4:21, 28-29
“Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from, the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
“Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.”
“Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
i. This marks a shift from a Mary ____________ family to a Jesus centric family.
ii. Jesus is not attempting to be ____________, nor divorcing himself from his family.
iii. Jesus extends the ____________ of what it means to be family.
iv. All of those who do God’s will can be full ____________ of this family.
e. Ekklesia: Greek word meaning the assembly or ____________.
i. In choosing twelve disciples, Jesus is making a statement: he is redefining what it means to be part of the community, and he is expanding its ____________ far beyond the way the assembly had been understood previously.
ii. When he nicknames Peter “the rock” and tells him that on this rock I will build my ekklesia—my new ____________. Jesus is referring to Peter’s declaration of faith in Jesus as the Messiah. For Jesus, anyone who has faith in him can be part of this incredibly inclusive, far-reaching community.
iii. By doing the will of God, they place themselves under the kingship of Christ and enter into the ____________.
3. Conclusion: At The Foot Of The Cross…
a. Jesus extends to us the same ____________ he extended to Mary and the disciple whom he loved—an invitation to be a part of God’s family.
b. How is Jesus calling me to be family to someone else?
c. Who is the mother/father Jesus is asking me to care for who is not my ____________ mother/father?
d. Whom should I look after like a son or daughter?
e. Remember, Jesus’s resurrection brought ____________ life to those who followed him and although they continued to face challenges and had obstacles to overcome, they became a new creation, a new church, a massive new family…a family which you and I can choose to be a part of today!
f. Today’s baptisms of Theodore, Edith and Etta mark the beginning of their walk with Jesus and God’s family here at Shen UMC. Welcome ____________!