John 19:26-27 (NIV)
“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
In His dying moments, Jesus commended His mother to the care of John who was with Him at the time of crucifixion. All the other disciples were “conspicuously absent”, as Journalists would report.
As Jesus was fastened on the Cross in anguish from the torment of this most cruel method of execution, He was concerned about the cares and griefs of His mother. His mother was perhaps too taken up with the suffering of her son to even think about what would become of her after her eldest son’s death.
Death was going to end the earthly mother-son relationship for Mary to look up to Jesus as Christ and Lord, the Savior. So He established a new relationship between His beloved mother and His beloved disciple John as an adopted son.
Mary, who perhaps was now a widow and fairly old would be safer while living with the family of John and his mother Salome, than Mary’s other sons, the half-brothers of Jesus who were still unbelievers, “For even his own brothers did not believe in him” John 7:5 (NIV).
So Jesus entrusted the care of his mother to an Apostle, a man of faith. In so doing, Jesus was not only taking care of His mother’s physical and material needs but also her spiritual needs.
Three Lessons drawn from the third of the Seven last words of Jesus:
1. We must love and honor our parents. Our obedience to Christ must become primary and obedience to parents must become secondary. Remember this is the only Commandment with a promise of “long life on earth”.
2. We are responsible for our family obligations. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we are freed from family obligations. Some Christians have become so heavenly minded that they are of ‘no earthly good’.
The Apostle Paul says, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8(NIV)
3. The world is currently experiencing a kind of “every man for himself” season. Every nation is understandably, fending for her citizens first and others later. Citizens are also being challenged to take care of themselves. Amidst physical and mental torture, Jesus was concerned about His mother. To you the reader; take heart, Jesus cares for you.
To be continued…
By Uncle O