When my son was first born, I remember being afraid of hurting him. He was so little, helpless, and needy. My movements with him were very gentle and slow, laying him down to sleep, or walking from one room to the next, cradling his head so not to strain his neck, and watching every step I took so not to trip and jostle him. As a parent the desire to protect your child never ceases.
On this Good Friday the scripture that stood out to me was 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 her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Not only did Mary have to witness her son being beaten with a flail, dragging his own cross up to Golgotha, and then hung on it to die. How heavy was her heart, how many times did she think take me instead of him? Jesus felt her heartbreak and sorrow. In the midst of His greatest weakness and pain, He gently said to her, John is now your son and will love and care for you as I would.
I pray you can reflect during this Holy weekend, not only the great sacrifice Jesus gave for our salvation and redemption, but the sacrifice His mother made by being obedient to God’s call. To carry, love, raise, and send out into the world a son that she would ultimately give up for the rest of us to live.
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This is so well written. I cried throughout. Keep up the good work.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
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Beautiful post! I think we sometimes forget about how Jesus looked after his mother even when He was dying. So thoughtful to have John to care for her. Blessings to you!
Thank you so much Gayl! Have a blessed Easter.
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I have always loved that part of the story. What compassion & love He showed to His mother in those moments.
I agree, it is so like Jesus to show love even when He was hurting. Have a blessed Easter Barb!
I’ve often thought about Mary’s pain as she watched her son die and wondered how much she understood or anticipated. Regardless, her example of obedience and trust is amazing; and as you shared, what gentle compassionate love Jesus showed in his dying words to her.
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I agree, she was amazing! Thank you for stopping by Kym, have a blessed Easter.