As Mother's Day approaches this Sunday, it is a wonderful thing to have a day of the year set aside to honor all our mothers. In a way, every day is Mother's Day because without our moms we wouldn't be here. It never hurts to have a nice reminder about the important people in our lives so we don't take them for granted. And while the meaning of many of our holidays has changed over the years, Mother's Day still brings a warm spot for most of us. The one hope of this article is to not only honor and remember our moms, but perhaps have a deeper understanding of how the Lord has used them to teach us about Himself. After all, Mother's Day is not really just a holiday to buy some flowers, cards or have a nice dinner. Mother's Day started in Heaven before the world was created. All the love, warmth and good things we associate with the best of motherhood are really about the Lord and should point us to Him.
Whatever a person's beliefs or station in life, one thing we know for sure is that everyone has a mom. There is no such thing as a person who doesn't "believe in motherhood," or that moms "may or may not even exist." And yet, millions of people classify themselves as atheists and agnostics and have no real belief or certainty about the existence of the Lord. Few seem to see that you can't reject God and believe in motherhood because it really is the same story, right? Both moms and the Lord tell a story about our origins and where we came from in the beginning. So, you can't really just decide to accept mom and reject God. Sure, people do it all the time, but if you look at this issue a little closer it becomes very clear that God created moms to teach people about Himself. The Lord and motherhood tell the SAME story. Now what is so spectacular about this issue is that the evidence and witness that comes to us from our mothers is an overwhelming and unmistakable witness to the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we begin to briefly explore motherhood on this Mother's Day, the Lord has His fingerprints all over it. The reason for that is simple; everyone is born the same way. Every child is born as a result of the suffering and bleeding of a mother. A mother's sacrifice at birth is THE universal fact of motherhood that connects every mom around the world, whatever a person's faith or beliefs. The Lord just hardwired motherhood to connect birth to suffering as a witness to Himself. Surely the Lord could have done it another way and we can be sure mothers would have loved that to be the case. If you doubt that, just talk to any mom fresh out of the delivery of a new baby. So, the Lord has set it up that moms can't escape what we call labor, delivery and the suffering related to it. The fascinating thing about a mom's suffering is to consider the average time it involves. According to an article published by verywellfamily.com, studies reveal the following about a mom's average time of labor,
The length and experience of each labor are different for every woman and every pregnancy depending on a variety of factors. The factors that can affect the length of labor include:• If you've had a baby before (parity)• Your pelvis (shape and size)• Your baby's position• Contraction strength and timing• Natural labor or induction• The age of the mother (maternal age)First-time moms were reported to generally experience 6-12 hours in the first stage of labor (from the time they are dilated four centimeters) with an average length of 7.7 hours.
What is fascinating about these facts from a woman's average time of labor is the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ spent about the same time hanging on the Cross. The Bible teaches us that Jesus spent 6 hours on the Cross, from 9:00 AM (Mark 15:25) to 3:00 PM (Mark 15:34-37). What is also interesting to note is the fact that the last part of labor and delivery involves the bleeding of the mom. According to webmd.com, bleeding is just a part of motherhood,
If you have a vaginal delivery or Cesarean section, you'll have vaginal bleeding and discharge after birth. This is known as lochia. It's how your body gets rid of the extra blood and tissue in your uterus that helped your baby grow. Bleeding is heaviest the first few days after your baby is born.
As with the time of labor, a mom's bleeding issues are also directly connected to our Lord's passion and time on the Cross as we saw when the soldiers plunged a spear into our Lord's side. According to John 19:34, we hear about the flow of blood at the end of His labor process, as His suffering for us came to an end,
But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
So, when we examine motherhood and the Lord Jesus' love and passion for us, we see they are directly related in an amazing way. Simply put, the Lord creates motherhood as a central witness to himself. That truth is plain and clear. No other possibility can be seen as credible. If motherhood exists, then the Lord exists. This simply connection is universal, unmistakable and overwhelming.
Now this witness about motherhood and Mother's Day applies to fatherhood and Father's Day as well. However, there is one very important difference, namely fathers don't physically suffer and bleed for a child to be born. This distinction is made by the Lord because Jesus is given by our Father in Heaven to suffer for us. Our Father in Heaven does not suffer, only His only Son. In a similar way, every child has a father and mother, but each parent has a different role regarding our birth. And so it is with the Lord of Creation and Redemption that gave spiritual birth to each of us as His people by the work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This simple and powerful analogy is designed to show that each person is created and redeemed in God's Triune Image. That Image was reflected in us and the human family as part of the original design in Genesis 1:27,
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
So we can't talk about Mother's Day or motherhood, Father's Day or fatherhood without realizing that these holidays and institutions, as well as our lives and families, started in Heaven. The Lord is eternal and so are His plans and ideas that are reflected in the human family. Every warm thought and feeling about our moms or dads should be directed to the Lord. They are all about Him because the Lord is the eternal Source for them all. Every human touch and kindness that makes us love our parents started with the Lord's design in eternity past. Each of us this Mother's Day is living downstream from an amazing Lord. We love our moms and think of them this Mother's Day ONLY because like mom, our Lord first loved us (I John 4:10). Long before we bought mom a card or gave flowers she loved us, thought of us and brought us into the world to show love to us, however imperfect it may have been demonstrated. And in a like manor, long before we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, had any faith, love or trust in Him, He was delivered over for our sins as the Lamb slain before the world began (1 Peter 1:19-20).
As Mother's Day comes along this year, it seems it is time to see the Lord afresh. Much of what we have shared is not even discussed in the Church and is surely lost to our culture. Sadly, it increasingly seems our society is lost in a sea of gender confusion about male and female that has diminished the meaning and purpose of mothers and fathers in our lives. When we discover the truth about the Lord, as reflected in moms and dads, females and males, we begin to realize there is a glorious plan underway. It is a plan that we cannot improve upon or redefine to our cultural understanding. It is a plan to accept and learn from for our blessing. It is a plan that should help us to love the Lord and others more each day. It is a plan that makes sense and is intended to bring the world under the Lordship of Jesus Christ for His honor and glory.
So, here's to our mother this special weekend and all of the many ways the Lord has used them in our lives as one of the greatest witnesses to His love and purposes for our lives in this life and the world to come.