Lord’s Day, May 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Num. 23:27-24:25; Prov. 21:12-22:16; Luke 1:1-25

There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother. John 19:25

Six long hours of excruciating pain were almost passed. My Saviour had hung on that cross suffering like no other, as His dear mother, no doubt weeping, observed it all. From parched lips he said, “Woman, (a term of great respect) behold thy son” (John 19:26). To His disciple John, he said, “Behold thy mother” (John 19:27), and from that hour that disciple took her into his own home. The Saviour’s final act before His
victorious shout, “It is finished” (John 19:30), was to provide love, care, and protection, for His mother. May we show the same love for our mothers today. —Arnot P. McIntee

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim. —B. B. Hart

May 13

DAILY READINGS: Num. 23:27-24:25; Prov. 21:12-22:16; Luke 1:1-25

And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Luke 23:3

Pilate was in a difficult situation. He was being forced to make a decision about who Christ was. In the end he avoided answering and decided on a politically expedient course. He went to the people for their verdict. One day the question will be asked of us, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). This time the question will come from the very throne of God. The answer we give will determine our eternal fate. Will we be with the Lord in glory or cast from His presence? We cannot rely on others. The answer must come from us. —Brad Dunn

It must be settled tonight, tomorrow may be too late;
The angel of death may come, and seal forever my fate. —C. B. Kendall