John 19:25-27  “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, he said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

The first three sayings of Jesus from the cross are for others: forgiveness for His enemies, forgiveness for a repentant thief and now care for His mother. Before Jesus turns to face the full wrath of God for our sins, He made provision for His earthly mother.

As far as we know, the friends of Jesus were few at the foot of the cross. We know the names of four women and John.  All the disciple had forsaken Jesus and fled. There were plenty of Jews there to carry out their craving for Jesus death. Roman soldiers were there to carry out their duty of execution.   How heart warming that the earthly mother of Jesus was there. Mary had great honor as God chose her to bring the Messiah into our fleshly world. Some thirty years before this Mary had been told by Simeon that “a sword will pierce your own soul too.”  Luke 2:35  In spite of great sadness and danger for her own life, she is there.  The world has cast out Jesus, but Mary’s love for Him, keeps her there. Baffled by the happenings yet she is there.  She suffers in unbroken silence.  What courage, what love keeps her there.  It is hard to imagine the anguish and agony she suffered there.

Jesus speaks to her calling her “woman”.  There is no disrespect in this term but a severing of fleshly relationship.  His death ends all natural human ties. Jesus was mindful of his earthly mother as He points away from Himself to her need.  He offers her care to the beloved disciple John.  What an honor for John to be the substitute for the Substitute of us all.  He unites those whom He loved and who loved Him.  Why not turn Mary over to her family, the half brothers and sisters of Jesus?  The family did not believe in Jesus as the Messiah.  One time when the family came looking for Jesus, He was told that His mother and brothers were outside wanting Him. Jesus said, as He pointed to the followers around Him, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”  Mark 3:31-35
No longer a relationship of mother and son but now of believer and Savior.
The next time we see Mary, she is in the upper room with the followers of the Christ.  She takes her place as a worshipper.  Jesus never placed her on a pedestal, nor did He ever intend for her to become an object of worship.

The real family are those of God’s household, followers of Jesus, Christians.  We have a new relationship that is not earthbound.

I Peter 5:7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 

“No one ever cared for me like Jesus.  There’s no other friend so kind as He.
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me.  O how much He cared for me.”

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