As she stood below the cross staring up through stinging tears her eyes met his. Jesus is in unimaginable physical agony – to say nothing of the crushing spiritual affliction and torment as he, God’s lamb, takes upon himself the sin and brokenness of our world.
She is rarely spoken of in so called “Protestant” circles. In fact of the many hundreds of sermons I have listen to, apart from at Christmas time, I cannot recall her ever being mentioned, other than in passing, far less preached about. Yet Mary is the most significant woman in the NT. Continue Reading
If Jesus disciples and the religious community of his day were scandalised by his spending time with a multiple divorcee from a despised community and one who now lived in open adultery with her lover [see previous post] – their shock must have been tame compared to what was yet to come!
The toxic relationship which can so often result between men and women can be traced back to what we call “The Fall” – the broken relationship between men and women in relation to God. And the dysfunction that resulted from that event reverberates down the millennia to our own day and generation – in male female relationships in general – be it at home – at work and within the Church.
The attitudes towards women which existed at the time of Jesus were the result of a sad decline over some 400 years. As can often happen in a culture – attitudes, opinions and behaviour can change over time and not always for the best. This I believe is currently an issue in our own society in relation to its attitudes towards women – particularly mothers.