Living by Grace

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Honor Your Mother

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12


There is no greater example of one honoring his father and mother than that of Jesus.


His staying in Jerusalem as a child because He knew He had to be about His Father’s business may seem to indicate that He did not honor his father and mother. Matthew 12:48-49 may seem to indicate that Jesus did not honor His mother. While he was teaching, someone told Him that his mother and brothers were outside wanting to speak to Him. He said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!”


However, just knowing that Jesus was always filled with divine love reveals that He always honored His mother.


Also, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that He had come to fulfill the law.


In a discussion with the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus said, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother; and, He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban—(that is, a gift to God),’ then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother.” (Mark 7:9-12).


In a moving scene at the cross, Jesus told John that Mary was is mother and “from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-27).


Jesus did not honor his mother because He was keeping the commandment. He honored her and fulfilled all of the law because He always did what His Father told Him to do.


When we walk in the life of grace, we will keep the commandments. We do honor our fathers and mothers.