This month of May of is a time of love. The opening video shows the love of a man for his wife, and mother of his children. The closing video shows another man who loves his wife and children, a man who is known as a “Small Town Southern Man.”
The key aspect of love is the love that God has shown for all of those who will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Consider the following verse of scripture.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
The following days are key days that illustrate God’s love.
Ascension Day – May 5
The day that Jesus ascended to Heaven, which was forty days after the resurrection of Jesus, to include Resurrection Sunday.
“While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.”
1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
Ascension Sunday – May 8
The Sunday which follows Ascension Day.
Mothers Day – May 8
The day on which we celebrate motherhood.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14, prophecy of 742 B.C.)
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:18-25, prophecy fulfilled 4 B.C.)
Pentecost Sunday – May 15
This is the day (fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, to include Resurrection Sunday; and ten days after the resurrection of Jesus), that God’s Holy Spirit fell onto the Jews at Jerusalem, who were present for the Jewish Feast Of Pentecost. On that day, God’s Holy Spirit began to infill and empower those which had accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior; those whom had been born again (born of the Spirit of God, John 3:3-8). This day is also recognized as being the birthday of the Church (of Christ). (A discussion on the Jewish Feast Of Pentecost will occur in a separate post.)
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)
Consider the “Small Town Southern Man.” He loved Jesus, and loved America. He was faithful to his wife, loved his family, and worked hard to provide for them. Such is a man who all men should strive to be.