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Daily Reading: 12th February 2016

John 19. 25-27 cont.

25 Now by the cross of Jesus stood His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.

26 Then Jesus, seeing His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing there, said (says) to her: “Woman, look here is your son”. 

27 Next He said (says) to the disciple: “Look, your mother”. And from that hour that disciple took her into his own home. 

Quite often when someone knows that they are dying and will not be in this world for much longer they will speak words that they consider to be most important. A father may ask his children to look after their mother, or a mother that they look after their father. It may be that the children are asked to look after one another.

This entrusting is done because the dying person wants those left behind to be looked after and cared for.

Jesus looked down from the cross and He displayed His love and compassion for His mother.

Why would Jesus commend her into the safe keeping of John (we can assume the disciple whom Jesus loved was John)? Since Jesus had brothers and sisters, why did Jesus not commend her safe keeping to them? We might assume that Mary was already a widow, and that Joseph had died sometime earlier.

We do not know if the brothers and sisters of Jesus were in agreement with the ministry of Jesus; we do not know if they were believers in Jesus, or whether they were followers of His.

We do know that at some stage during the ministry of Jesus His family thought He was out of His mind:

And His family went out to take control of Him: for they said that He is beside Himself (out of his mind) – Mark 3.21.

In John 7.2-5 we read that His brothers were not believers.:

2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

3 Then His brothers said to Him: “Leave here and go to Judea so that Your disciples will see the works (miracles) that you do.”

4 For no one does anything in secret if they want to be in the public eye. If you do these things, then you must show yourself to the world.

5 For not even His brothers believed in Him.

Even if His family were in Jerusalem for Passover, they were obviously not at the cross to witness the execution of their Brother.

In the light of this we can see that the love and compassion of Jesus for His mother was seen in His commending her to John.

From the cross His love and compassion streams to you and me.

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