Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Did Jesus Really Respect His Mother Properly?

Why Did Jesus Not Call His Own Biological Mother As 'Mother!' Fondly?

Question: Why did Jesus not call His own biological mother as 'Mother!' fondly, in all the Gospels? Is it not a sign of disrespect towards her?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Here in the verse below we see a maternal and the physical mother of Jesus Christ through whom Jesus came in to this world,

Matthew 1:18
, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”

Calling someone as 'Mother!' or dear "Mum or Mama or Ma', is a sign of Love and also respect towards her. We all do this to our natural mothers in our lives as a sign of our affection towards them. Even the Bible says and reveals the same and higher kind of maternal love towards their children from the side of the mother who always remembers to comfort her child of her womb in many different ways no matter what may come and go in her life, or even how many decades passes by (Isa 66:13), in certain exceptional circumstances and cases when they fail, a person is guaranteed by God that even if their mother's natural love and affection may fail towards her child, the supernatural affection of His Love and Comfort will never fail to continue to uphold them in their life (Isa 51:12; 49:15). A special bond is formed between the mother and child when she chooses to feed the helpless baby at her breast where she begins to have a special compassion on the child she has borne, that bond always continues to the end of life. This special bond happens the moment a woman bears the child and it increases as she feeds the helpless baby to make it grow healthy and independent (Isa 49:15). Without these natural affection, man is no better than living an animal existence. But thank God, that we are created in the image of God, and do become a child of God when we choose to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour of our lives (Gen 1:26-27; Gal 3:26; John 1:12). O what a wonderful promise of God!

So as we have seen above, there must have been a child and mother bond for Jesus too in the natural. As Jesus was also a helpless baby born in the hardship of lying in a manger covered in swaddling clothes, having no place other than that at that time (Luke 2:12). Even we are told that Mary the mother of Jesus kept all the supernatural things that happened in the life of Jesus Christ from the time of birth to his adulthood at the age of thirty years as a precious memories that were close to her heart (Luke 2:51).

John 19:26-27, “When Jesus 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!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

In the verses above we see that Jesus whom until that time had Mary as his physical mother, took his responsibility as the first born son of the family who is indebted to take care of his mother, gave the same responsibility to the youngest disciple of His i.e. John.

In the Old Testament, the firstborn son was the one who normally received a double inheritance, and was the one who would inherit his father’s role as head of the family. This is not a rule, but a principle that God set initially, as we know that it was changed in both the life of Isaac and Jacob in whose life they chose the second child rather than the first born one (Gen 25:21-26; 48:13-22; 35:22; 49:3-4). The term firstborn therefore has two main meanings, one is physical first and then the spiritual (1 Cor 15:46), one is the first son to be born of his father in the natural and the other is the first born Son who is the spiritual One who has been appointed by God to be in authority over all things (Col 1:13-23; especially verses 15, 18). In other words, the spiritual first born Son was never born but was given to us as the baby in the manger, as Jesus was never created, He was eternally existent before he became one among humans (John 1:1-3), the spiritual 'firstborn' name for Jesus shows a new relationship between that of God and Jesus which the Scripture indicates by saying, "“Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten Thee” (Hebrews 1:5a) and “I will be a Father to Him, And He shall be a Son to Me” (Hebrews 1:5b), which happened exactly after the resurrection of Jesus when He ascended to heaven and was installed as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords over the whole universe and the earth (Acts 13:32-35, 37-39; Heb 9:23-24; 10:12-13; 9:12; John 20:17, 19).

So Mary took care of Jesus, and Jesus as the natural first born son and a perfect human took care of Mary for thirty years, but then once in to the ministry of the Father, we see the eternal Son again taking His rightful place of honor as a servant among men but as the eternal spirit among them (John 8:58; 13:13-15; 15:20; Matt 10:24; Luke 6:40).

That is why we see Jesus calling Mary as 'woman', where He during his ministry on earth knew who He was within as the eternal Son of God (Matt 16:16). Therefore we see in the following verses Jesus calling Mary as 'woman' is in no way was a disrespect to her, but rather Jesus was revealing to Mary that before she brought Him in to this world, He was the one as the Creator of her brought her in to this world.

"4“Woman, why does this concern us?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do” whatever He tells you." (John 2:4-5).

"47 Someone told Him, “Look, Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” 48 But Jesus replied, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” 49 Pointing to His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers.…" (John 12:47-49).

So we know that Jesus did not call His mother, as mother during his ministry time, because He has set His foot on the path of fulfilling His Father's will, knowing that He had come from heaven to fulfill His purpose on earth and that He is going to return to heaven again after his death and resurrection to further fulfill God's will for His life (John 13:3; 16:28). This fact of his ministry life is no indication or evidence that He never called his mother as mother in the natural, but rather in the first 30 years of his life, he had no ministry but to serve His mother, father, brothers and sisters by doing his natural father's business of carpentry (Mark 6:3; Matt 13:55-56). In all these things he showed that he perfectly obeyed his earthly father, mother and served his family, which again points us to know with implicit evidence that He must have called His Mother as Mother within the first 30 years of his life (Luke 2:41-52). The way Mary asked Jesus when He was found in the temple of Jerusalem doing Father's business at the age of twelve, "Son, why have you done this to us? Look you father and I your mother have sought you anxiously." (Luke 2:48), shows that Jesus called his mother as mother and his earthly father as father clearly. So Jesus was very obedient to his father and mother, till the day he left to do His Heavenly Father's business at the age of thirty, hence we see that Jesus must have been the most respectful person towards his father and mother more than any other person who ever lived because He had no sin in him from the day he was born till the day he died for us all (1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor 5:21; Luke 2:51-52).

Much Blessings....


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