Thought for the month – March 2017

At the end of this month, we have the privilege of celebrating “Mothering Sunday” or should it be “Mother’s Day”?

“Mothering Sunday” originated in the United Kingdom as a Christian Festival. It occurs on the 4th Sunday in Lent and has been celebrated since the 16th Century. When children were in Service, it was a day that was allowed for them to return home to see their Mothers and to spend time sharing a meal with them and the rest of the family.

“Mother’s Day” is an American term and occurs on the 2nd Sunday in May and is celebrated in the same way, with gifts and cards for Mothers.

Whichever you like to call it (and the phrases are often used interchangeably in the United Kingdom), it is a time to remember and to thank our Mothers. We thank them for all that they have done throughout the previous year for us. This is often done with cards, gifts and visits.

This reminds me of another time that is important to us. The greatest gift that we could be given, was the Lord Jesus dying on the cross. Not long ago, we remembered His birth at Christmas, and next month we will remember His dying on the cross at Easter.

Because of our sinful and rebellious nature, we are unable to communicate with God. This was not what God had envisioned in the beginning of the World. He wanted to be able to commune with man (Genesis 3v18), but because Adam had disobeyed God, sin was in the way.

When Adam sinned, Genesis records the beginning of a series of promises about a coming deliverer. That person is revealed to us in the New Testament as The Lord Jesus. He is presented to us as God’s gift to this world and as the only one who can take away our sin. We discover that he was a perfect Man. He was unable to sin, He didn’t have sinful thoughts, do sinful deeds, or speak wrong or hurtful words. He didn’t lie, speak in anger, or plot against those who wanted Him dead (1 Pet 2v22).

He gave His life at Calvary so that our sins can be taken away and we can have a close relationship with God. This can be achieved by asking for His forgiveness and asking Him to be our Saviour. We can, therefore, be assured that when we die, we will go to be with Him and not face a life in Hell, a place of eternal judgement.

This is the Gift that is freely given for us. We didn’t deserve it, in contrast to our Mothers who make many sacrifices for us.

What will you do with this Gift?

David & Mary Honeyball
Junior Camp 2