Mar16SunMarch 16, 2014
Here we are into the third week and third saying of Jesus while on the cross, “Woman, behold your son . . . .Whether it was sentimental or a divine revelation of setting things in order, Jesus brought two people together into a relationship that signified “family”. The theme for this week is “Relationship” because that is what Jesus was referring to when He spoke those words. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior (aka get born again), we are birthed into the family of God. God is our Father, Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Ghost is our Helper. We are birthed through the canal of the Church. Jesus not only saves us from eternal damnation but brings us into the family – His Family. We are the Family of God – sons and daughters of the Most High God. What a fellowship, what a joy divine….
Prior to that we were children of the devil; by nature, children of wrath (see Eph 2:2, 3). I know that’s a hard one to swallow for some, but it’s the truth. Jesus said this to the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, and Priests (Jews), “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44 KJV)
If Jesus said that concerning those that were suppose to know the way to God, how much more does that apply to the heathens (all of the ungodly)? On the other hand, when Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray He said, “When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Luke 11:2 KJV) Also, after His resurrection He said to Mary Magdalene, “…but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17) Our relationship with God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost is most precious and the highest relationship one can ever experience. From this relationship, all other relationships should flow. Jesus could have told His brothers and sisters (they probably weren’t there) to take care of mama but instead He chose John the beloved. It was a divine connection – divine appointment, divine relationship.
These are the kinds of relationships we should pursue today – joined by our common faith in Jesus, centered on His death, burial and resurrection, and committed to the fulfillment of His will.