Read John 19:26-27
26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. (NLT)
Crucifixion was one of the worst forms of death. Jesus had been weakened by scourging. And now in this weakened state he would suffer shock and pain from his tendons being pierced with nails. Finally he would die of suffocation as he would lack the energy to resist slumping on the cross and so becoming increasingly unable to breathe. And all this in front of a gawking crowd of spectators.
Which makes this word from the cross even more remarkable. As he suffered, he took time to take care of some family matters. During his ministry, he was apart from his family much of the time and that caused tensions and even estrangement. But it didn’t mean he stopped loving them.
Here he notes that his mother was among the spectators. She needed care. Perhaps her other sons were not up to the job. Or perhaps his words are more directed to the immediate period following his death. In either case, Mary needed care and Jesus was not oblivious to it even in the extremity of pain.
The fact that Mary is entrusted to a man who was not actually her son reminds us that the family of God transcends normal human structures. The fact that Jesus even considers the matter reminds us that his love transcends all human love.
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