Mothers for Evangelism

A Mother’s Day sermon by Pastor Dean Read.

What is the hottest political button in today’s American news? It’s Roe-V-Wade…During this time of political and social strife in our country, and the heated controversy over the recently and illegally leaked Supreme Court opinions that threaten to overturn Roe-V-Wade, what does the Creator God have to teach us, about all that?

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…”

Isaiah 49:14-16a

Do you remember the promise of the rainbow? My last sermon was called “A Rainbow to Remember.” Today, I want to connect something to the promise of the rainbow. Something very important! Remember, the rainbow is the Creator’s bow. He set it in the clouds as a sign of His everlasting Covenant, that God is love, and that He can be trusted because He keeps His promises.

I want to connect Mothers to the promise of the rainbow. Christian mothers! God wants mothers to give their hearts to Christ, and to raise their children with the help of Divine love. Do you believe that?

Pray with me. Lord Jesus, I pray today, for a special blessing on Christian mothers, those who have known the struggle to raise their children in the Lord. And I also ask, for a blessing upon all of Your daughters, O Lord, both young and old, that they may be filled with Divine compassion for souls. And that they may become workers in Your vineyard to seek and save the lost. In Jesus’ name, amen!

The title of my sermon is, “Mothers for Evangelism.”

Let me ask you, how familiar are you with the book of Isaiah? Specifically chapter 49? It is written to God’s church of the Old Testament, Israel, and there God calls Israel, “My servant.” Now the idea of God’s Servant in the book of Isaiah is really about the Messiah. There are many prophecies in Isaiah of the Messiah, and the Messiah, Jesus is God’s Servant. But God also calls His people, His servant. And here in Isaiah chapter 49, both the Messiah and Israel are to be “a light the Gentiles.”

In fact, God’s Servant is both the Messiah and His people, His church. There is an interplay between these two servants in this chapter. Both the Messiah and the Church are to serve God and to be a light to the Gentiles. 

But, there was a problem with God’s people, with Israel. Because of their sins, they thought God had forgotten them. So the Messiah had to take up the work of saving them too. Not only did the Messiah have to be a light to the Gentiles, He also had to be a light to Israel. A light to His church, because His people tended to get sidetracked and go astray.

 God has not forgotten us, we have been inscribed on the bloodstained hands of Jesus.

pastor dean read

May I tell you a story? A long time ago, a family whose surname was “Wunstherborn” came to this country seeking the freedoms and opportunities found here. They were not Christians, per-say. In fact many of them tended to shun religion as time went on and more generations of Wunstherborn’s were born. 

The newer generations became more and more diverse, and as a result, when you examine their family tree, today you will find them spread out amongst the various religions, politics and philosophies found here in America. 

What happened to the Wunstherborn’s and where will you find them today? Who are they?

“Mothers for evangelism” by dean read May 7, 2022

Who are the Wunstherborn’s? They are The hungry and the thirsty, The sick and the naked (those uncovered), The stranger and the prisoner, The widow and the orphan… They are all those who have been once born. They are found among all peoples and people groups alive today in America and throughout the world, for they have been once born (Once-they’re-born).

And God has not forgotten them. He has inscribed them on the palms of His hands, the very pierced hands of Jesus. He who died on the cross, given to the whole world by the Father God, a Light to the Gentiles, that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). And according to Jesus, those who desire everlasting life must be born a second time. They must be born again! For Jesus’ first words to Nicodemus are words to all humanity, and they are words of promise:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

Everyone has been once born. Who among God’s servants will have compassion on them once-they’re-born? Who among “Christians” will be a light to others? The irony is that people on the political left are shouting for the right of a woman to choose abortion and people on the political right are shouting for the right of the unborn to become once-born. This controversy over the fate of Roe-V-Wade is taken up even by Christians. However, who among the Christians are advocating for them once-they’re-born?

God wants Christian mothers to raise their children to know God. To know the love of God. To know Jesus, so that they might choose to be born again. To raise them so that they might freely choose to believe in Jesus and follow Him. The hope of all true Christian mothers is that their children, once-they’re-born, will grow up and choose to be born again, that is, to be born of water and the Spirit. For Jesus made this point clear. That night that Nicodemus came to meet Jesus and find out who He was, Jesus made it clear who will be saved. Jesus’ answer is a promise to all humans who have been once-born, that they might know how to receive eternal life. Jesus says to us all,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

John 3:5

In Matthew 25 you will find the parable of the sheep and the goats being separated by Jesus when He brings judgment on the nations. The way Jesus tells the parable, only those of His people who serve Him, being a light to the Gentiles, are commended as His people who are truly saved. For He says,

to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 25:34-40

Christian mothers are those who should have compassion on their children and also on other children. God wants Christian mothers to be a light to the world. And what about those mothers who are not biological mothers, but are spiritual mothers? Spiritual mothers and fathers and spiritual brothers and sisters are those who will have compassion on the hungry and the thirsty, the sick and the uncovered, the stranger and the prisoner, the widow and the orphan… that they may be a light to the outcast and a a help so that they may find Jesus, accept His love and receive His saving grace.

Who will have compassion on the once-they’re-borns, that they may be born again of water and the Spirit? Who will have compassion on the once-they’re-borns, that they may be born again for the Kingdom of God? God has not forgotten us, we have been inscribed on the bloodstained hands of Jesus.

Published by Dean C. Read

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. Thus, God has led me throughout my life of now over 6 decades. I have been married to and in love with the same woman for over 38 years and we have children and grandchildren whom I also love. That does not mean my family has not been through trials. We human beings certainly know how to test and even hurt those we love. But, God Himself also knows the challenges, the trials and even the fickleness of human love. Yet, Jesus has demonstrated that God's love is sure and secure, faithful to the very end. So, yes, I love because God is love. And, I seek to make the love of God known as it should be. I am a pastor, a preacher and a teacher of God's word, the Bible. Before I became a preacher, I was a public school teacher, and before that I worked at various jobs including, painting, construction, ambulance EMT, parts assembler, and even a paperboy back in the day. In school I played trumpet in the band, was a track and cross country runner, enjoyed most subjects including History, English and Science, and yet, after graduating from high school, I struggled to find my path. Perhaps you can identify? I did not graduate with my Bachelor's degree until I was 26 years old. And yet, from an early age I knew that God was a God of love, and that He had a plan for me, if I would just be open to His leading. God has brought me through many trials, and has always been there to pick me up when I had fallen or been discouraged. And now, I hope to write in such a way to attract others to this God of love. By the way, I also enjoy camping, reading and outdoor activities, especially strolls on the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. My favorite places on earth are Sequoia National Park because of the Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park, and the jewel of Georgia known as Jekyll Island. I could tell you more; but hopefully, as you read my posts you will learn more about the God whom I love.

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