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Daily Reading: 9th 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. 

When a parent has the burden of seeing their offspring die it is tremendously hard for them. It is something that all parents dread, especially if their offspring are still small children. The agony of a cot death is indescribable to those of us who have not experienced this tragedy.

No matter at what time of life a parent experiences the death of their offspring it will always be hard to deal with.

This was the situation that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was in.

Jesus was a healthy man, and under normal circumstance He would have had a good number of years to live, outliving His mother.

However, He had come for the purpose of dying on the cross in order to administer salvation to the world.

Mary was there to witness the cruellest of deaths as He was nailed to a Roman cross.

It could not have been easy for her to see her fist born hanging on the cross at Calvary.

When Jesus was a week old Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple to present Him to the Lord. A man called Simeon was there and among other things He spoke these words to Mary and Joseph:

34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother: “It is appointed for Him to be the cause of the fall and rising again of many in Israel and a sign being spoken against –

35 But a sword will go through your soul – that the thoughts of many hearts might be made clear – Luke 2.34-35.

Perhaps as Mary stood at the cross she might have recalled these prophetic words of Simeon. Perhaps she knew that before her eyes the prophecy was being fulfilled.

Often the way of the followers of Jesus is hard. Men and women do not like the ways of Jesus, and those in positions of authority and power may make it hard for others to live a Christian life.

Peter, the outspoken disciple of Jesus wrote these words:

Instead, be very glad, for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world – 1 Peter 4.13 (NLT).

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