26…“Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The third words that Jesus spoke on the cross was to his mother.
In his affliction, he was thinking about her needs here on earth.
He was thinking about who would take care of her after his death, and he asked his cousin John to do so.
These FIRST three out of the seven statements that Jesus spoke before he died on the cross were ALL statements about other people’s needs.
Does this not show us what kind of God we serve, a God who cares DEEPLY about our earthly needs?
In the midst of the greatest suffering he would ever endure, he thought of his mother- and he thought of you and I.
He thought of BOTH our needs:
On the cross-he took care of our spiritual needs.
On the cross-he looked after our earthly needs.
Another perfect parallel of his Lordship and his humanness. That he can both sympathize with our fleshly nature, and yet remain sinless while here on earth.
This beautiful picture of him as a powerful King, and yet at the same time as a fleshly human that simply cared about his mom.
A baby born in a humble manger, yet a God who can rise again.
It is here we find reassurance of his compassion. His heart for our earthly pain and humanness, and yet his VICTORY over death.
May you and I be both simultaneously encouraged by his care for our earthly needs, and blown away by his POWERFUL nature that can meet those earthly and spiritual needs here one earth and in eternity forever.