(This is part of an Easter series: The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross. To view all posts in this series, click here.)
JESUS DEMONSTRATES PROVISION FOR OTHERS
Woman, behold thy son! … Behold thy mother!
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. ~John 19:25-27
Jesus’s third statement from the cross was also a statement of selflessness. Not to sound like a broken record, but let me reiterate that this occurred while Jesus was quite busy and uncomfortable.
Jesus Offered Comfort
V 26 says “when Jesus therefore saw his mother.” I believe that when He saw His mother standing by his cross, on which He was dying, He was moved with a heartbreaking compassion for the suffering that she was enduring. The Bible talks in several places of Jesus looking, seeing, and being moved with compassion. He saw his mother grieving, and His first reaction was to comfort her. From the depths of His own discomfort, He sought to comfort her. In a situation that was completely comfortless, He gave comfort to someone else.
How many times have we seen someone hurting, but because we are “hurting worse” we just don’t have the time to offer comfort because no one is comforting us?
Even worse – sometimes we don’t even dare open our eyes to see the hurt. We don’t want to take a chance at being moved by compassion, so we don’t even look, we refuse to see.
Jesus Fulfilled His Personal Responsibility
Jesus knew that his mother would need someone to care for her when He was gone. This was just a plain physical need. She needed someone to care for her.
As her eldest son, He should be the one to provide for this need, to make arrangements, but these were extenuating circumstances. It all happened so fast, the arrest, trial, and crucifixion. There was a whole group of people supporting each other. Everyone else could take care of it. Something could be figured out when He was gone, right?
WRONG! Jesus took personal responsibility for his obligation to his mother. He didn’t forget the command to honor his mother; He did not turn his back on her. He made provision in the midst of His suffering.
What a selfless Savior… In His first three statements from the cross Jesus offers a prayer for his persecutors, a promise to a repentant sinner, and provision to his mother.
Consider your selflessness. Ask God to show you areas in your life where your personal pain is more important than prayer, forgiveness, second chances, obligations, or comforting others. We have the perfect example of selflessness in Jesus Christ even as He was dying.
I’m A Believer!