“WOMAN, BEHOLD, YOUR SON!”

Scripture Reading:  John 19:25-27

“When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’  Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’  And from that hour the disciple took her to his own house.” (John 19:26-27)

What a tender moment this was for Mary and for John.  Jesus, suffering the agony of the crucifixion, looked down from the cross and saw His mother and His beloved disciple John.  When He saw them, He spoke these words to them:  “Woman, behold, your son…Behold, your mother.”  Jesus loved Mary and John immensely.

Before Jesus died, He made provision for His mother.  The Old Testament Scriptures made it clear that one was to honor his or her parents.  In fact, honoring parents is one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12).  Jesus fulfilled it, for He knew that His mother needed to be cared for.  More than likely she was a widow by this time and had little or no income.

Far greater than fulfilling the law, Jesus’ love and compassion are obvious in this touching moment.  Jesus thought more of Mary and John than He thought of Himself:  “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:4,5).  Jesus, while in pain and agony, continued to be a servant:  “(He) made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant…” (Philippians 2:7).  Jesus, in His love, reached out to His mother and to His beloved disciple while He was dying on the cross.  This is the nature of our Savior; He is the God of compassion.  This is the love of Christ in action.

Lord Jesus, you who did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, made Yourself nothing, by taking on the form of a servant (Philippians 2:6-7).  Just as You loved Mary and John, You love me.  You provide for me and You serve me.  I am so deeply touched by the extent of Your love.  How can I possible thank You enough?

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