This week we’re looking at Jesus’ 7 words from the cross. Today we hear his words to his mother and his friend.
THE WORD OF RELATIONSHIP
But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 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 home. John 19:25-27
As she saw her son hanging on the cross, Mary would have been filled with love for him and would have longed to hear him say some last words to her before he died.
Think of all the memories that probably came flooding into Mary’s mind – the angel Gabriel’s announcement to her, the arduous journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus in the manger, Jesus’ boyhood years in their home at Nazareth. She must have had fond memories of seeing young Jesus working with Joseph in his carpenter shop. She probably thought about the day he left her home to begin his ministry. How grievous and wrenching it must have been for her to watch him die on a cross like a common criminal.
She would return to an empty home and a difficult life. I’m sure she wasn’t thinking of herself on this day, but life was hard for widows in that time. Who would provide for her? How would she live?
But now in his last moments Jesus provides for his mother. Even as he is dying Jesus is thinking of others. When Jesus died on the cross he was thinking of others – he was thinking of you and me. He did it for us. He did it to rescue us and provide salvation for us.
Not only did he provide for Mary’s salvation and eternal life, he also provided for her life on this earth. In the midst of suffering horrific pain and dying he was thinking of his mothers needs. He lovingly commends his mother to the care of his friend, John, who took Mary into his own home.
Jesus will certainly provide for you! Do you think he would give his life for you and then not meet your needs? Do you think God the Father would give his Son for you and then not meet your needs?
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
Jesus cares for you! He will provide for you! He provided for your eternal salvation on the cross and he will surely give you all you really need. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Ps 23:1).
O Lord Jesus, you have brought me into relationship with yourself through your blood. You have made me one with you. You have given me a closer relationship to you than you had even with your mother while on earth. If you provided for her in your dying moments, surely you will provide for me. Thank you, Lord Jesus, my good Shepherd.
*Some of the ideas and inspiration for this post came from The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross by A.W. Pink