Compassion to the End

John 19:25–27 (NKJV)

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

John 19:25-27

In Jesus’ last moments of life, He noticed His mother, Mary, by the cross. She is surrounded by the two other Mary’s who were part of the family’s inner circle, and John the beloved disciple of Christ. Jesus makes complementary statements to each of them in order to establish a relationship beyond just acquaintance or friendship. Jesus’s statements that they should each behond the other as son and mother signifies that Jesus intended for them to live as family from this point further, which is what happened. John took Mary the mother of Jesus into his home and treated her as his mother.

This exchange signifies the depth of relationship between Jesus and John, whom He obviously considered a brother. It also shows the depth of His care and concern for His earthly mother. Even in His compromised physical state, He thought of others. In an uncaring world, we could all take a page from Jesus’ story. Care about others, even when you are hurting yourself. That is the unselfish nature of Christ and His amazing love!

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