Already out of step with our Sunday morning expositions in Genesis because of the Easter season, I decided to put off preaching Genesis 37 one more week this past Sunday. Every person in the room that morning would be thinking, from one angle or another, about Mother’s Day. Some would be glowing with warm memories of a wonderful childhood; others would be fighting (or not fighting) resentment over a distant, abusive, or absent mom. Some would be guilty of mom-olatry, attending church that Sunday simply to please their mother; others would be presently dishonoring their mothers, either as a disrespectful child in the home or a negligent adult chid. Some would be praising God for the blessings of motherhood; others would be silently wondering why motherhood had not worked out as they hoped, or why motherhood had never happened at all for them. Some would be feeling smug that their children were so much better behaved than those of their relatives; others would be weighed down with condemnation over their perceived failures in parenting. And the list goes on.
The preoccupations of the moment alone should of course not dictate the church’s preaching agenda, of course, but the ones tied to this particular day are connected to enough significant Biblical themes that I thought it would be worth pursuing this year. The question I asked myself, and the Lord, at the beginning of week was, “How can we have the most Christ-centered Mother’s Day possible? How can we make much of Jesus on this day?” I don’t know if the goal was accomplished, but the Spirit lead us to Luke 2:39-52, that endlessly fascinating snapshot of our fully human Lord growing up in Mary and Joseph’s home. The points of the sermon were pretty straight-forward:
1. Jesus was parented
2. Jesus prioritized his relationships
3. Jesus submitted to his parents
4. Jesus is not just our example, but our Redeemer
Hopefully, we made much of Jesus as we honored our mothers. Whichever one of those categories listed above you find yourself in today, maybe meditating on this passage, and listening to this sermon, will help you to do the same. I invite you to listen to the sermon below:
Jesus Had a Mother Luke 2:39-52