“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.”
He knew what he was talking about, having created the whole process of conception, gestation & birth (see John, 1:1-3; 14), no other man could ever have understood and appreciated motherhood like Jesus.
Bearing children? Scary stuff, that. I’ve watched difficult labor. I’ve heard the cries of pain and seen the scars bearing children can leave. But then of course you get a baby, and I’ve yet to hear a mother express regret over either the pain or the scars after she holds her baby. No man, except Jesus, could ever comprehend it all.
You may have noticed that he also bears a few scars. He was rejected as one from whom we would hide our faces; then struck in the face, crowned with thorns, experienced a beating that killed others, nailed to a cross and had his side pierced with a spear. Just a few scars, he has.
But his was also the pain of childbirth, bringing many into the family of God.
Just as it is right that we should always remember how he suffered out of his love for us, we should remember how our mothers suffered to give us life, loving us before they even knew us.
And like a mother, Jesus suffered it all for the joy set before him.
“…..fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- Hebrews 12:2
What else could his joy be, but the joy of giving us life? Yes, I believe Jesus appreciates all moms everywhere. So should we.