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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Chandler's Tribute to Mothers/Women

When Jesus was nailed upon the cross, the sad and pathetic spectacle was presented of the absence of the Apostolic band, with the exception of St. John... The male members of the following of the Nazarene did not sustain and soothe their master in the supreme moment of His anguish. But the women of His company were with Him to the end... [Women] were the last to cling to His cross and the first to greet Him on the morning of the third day...

This revelation from the sacred pages of the devotion of woman is reflected in universal history and experience... The night of sorrow never grows so dark that a mother's love will not irradiate the gloom. The criminal guilt of a wayward son can never become so black that her arms will not be found about him. If we pass from loving loyalty to the individual, to patriotic devotion to the causes of nations, woman's fidelity is still undying. The women of France are said to have paid the German war debt. The message of the Spartan mother to her soldier son is too well known to be repeated. When the legions of Scipio engirdled the walls of Carthage and desperation seized the inhabitants of the Punic city, Carthaginian women cut their long black hair to furnish bowstrings to the Carthaginian archers. - Walter M. Chandler, "The Trial of Jesus"

- Excerpted from Josh McDowell, The Resurrection Factor (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981), pp. 174-175.
NOTE: Jerry Borchandt offers a critique of McDowell's works here. See other (+/-) reviews below.

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