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Sermons for May 8, 2005
A MOTHER AND HER SON
Acts 1:12-14
Seventh Sunday of Easter

(Please note: this week we feature 16 sermons for Mother’s Day and on the Ascension)

A woman had quit work to stay home and take care of her new baby daughter. Countless hours of peek-a-boo and other games slowly took their toll. One evening she smacked her bare toes on the corner of a dresser and, grabbing her foot, sank to the floor. Her husband rushed to her side and asked where it hurt. She looked at her husband through her tear-filled eyes and managed to moan, “It’s the piggy that ate the roast beef.” (1)

Another harried mother had three very active boys. One summer evening she was playing cops and robbers in the back yard after dinner. One of the boys “shot” his mother and yelled, “Bang! You’re dead.” She slumped to the ground. When she didn’t get up right away, a neighbor ran over to see if she had been hurt in the fall.

When the neighbor bent over, the overworked mother opened one eye and said, “Shhh. Don’t give me away. It’s the only chance I’ve had to rest all day.”

It’s never been easy being a mother. Do you think it was any easier for Mary, the mother of Jesus? Life was no picnic for the wife of a carpenter in Nazareth. They were not an affluent family. The scripture tells us that when Mary and Joseph dedicated Jesus at the temple, the offering they made was only two turtle doves--the offering prescribed for poor families. But there were other children in the family besides Jesus--a house-full, in fact. Scholars surmise that there were four additional boys and an unknown number of girls.

And then, after Jesus’ 12th birthday, we don’t read any more of Joseph. He probably died young as did many men back then. Have you ever thought of Mary as a single mom with a house full of children? How did she do it? She never remarried. How did she support them? Maybe this is why Jesus delayed beginning his ministry until he was thirty. Maybe Mary needed help raising his younger siblings.

It was not any easier after Jesus began his ministry. Mary did not understand Jesus’ teachings. She, better than anyone else, knew that he was sent of God, but he didn’t talk like the other religious figures in their culture--in fact, many of his teachings were in direct conflict with the conventional wisdom of their time. She and his brothers worried about him. They even asked him to come home. They knew that no good could come from challenging the established order of things. And they did well to worry. For soon the establishment struck back.

There hangs her baby boy on a cross. And at the foot of the cross stands his mother. All his disciples had forsaken him, but not his mother.

After Jesus’ resurrection, Mary began to understand that what he had been teaching, though it was not what she had been taught, was reflective of who his Father really was. And Mary, the mother of Jesus, became one of his followers. And there she is in today’s lesson, just before Pentecost, with the disciples awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit. The writer of Acts tells it this way: “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”

Do you think it was easy for Mary? It’s never easy being a mother. CHILDREN CAN BAFFLE YOU. Jesus baffled Mary. At his birth she knew he was special. Who could . . .
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1. Parables, Etc. Vol. 21. No 4, June 2001, p. 1.

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        To read the first page of six of the other fifteen sermons in our members' section for May 8, 2005, click on the titles below:

BUILDING A HOME
John 14:15-21; John 15:1-8
(Mother’s Day)
BUILDING A FAITH
Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23
(Ascension)
BELONGING TO THE RIGHT FAMILY
I Peter 2: 4-10
(Mother's Day)
TIME FOR A NEW VISION
Acts 1:1-11; Ps. 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Eph. 1:17-23
(Ascension)
HOW CAN YOU TELL A CHRISTIAN?
John 13:31-35
(Mother's Day)

        These are the first pages of sixteen exciting sermons for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 8, 2005 found in the Members' Section of Sermons.com. This section is for the exclusive use of subscribers to Dynamic Preaching. Each week we feature at least 5-10 sermons for the upcoming week. Filled with powerful illustrations and effective humor, many of these sermons include corresponding children's sermons. At least one sermon each week includes a corresponding PowerPoint™ presentation -- all included in your subscription. Our sermons are specially designed for the local pastor. These are not some particular pastor's sermons filled with personal illustrations you cannot use. Each of these professionally-prepared sermons can be taken directly to the pulpit without alteration or thoroughly edited as you choose. Save time as well as money. You will also find other sermon series plus thousands of powerful and humorous sermon illustrations in our members' section. All this for only $45.00 per year—the best value on the web. To read and download the rest of these sermons, please click here to subscribe. 

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