“Woman, Behold Your Son!”

Since this is Holy Week, my posts are on the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross. Monday we looked at the first saying; “Father, forgive them…” Tuesday we looked at the second saying, “Today you shall be with me in paradise.” Today, we look at the third saying of Jesus from the cross.
The third time Jesus spoke was a bit unusual. Jesus said to His mother; “Woman, behold your son!” Then, He turned to a disciple that was probably John and said, “Behold your mother!”
Jesus saying, “Woman, behold your son!” sounds gruff. And some have questioned why Jesus spoke like that. But, Jesus wasn’t displaying a lack of respect for His mother. Instead, He was caring for.
At the time Jesus said this, He was no longer her Son but instead, He was the Savior of the world. He was suffering… He had been persecuted. Yet, even though He was suffering, Jesus was able to care for His mother. In doing this, Jesus provides for us an example of concern and caring. He is entrusting the care of His mother to John. Even in His death, Jesus was thinking of others.
Our Lord provides a great example for us. We are living in a very selfish “me first” generation. Seldom are people interested in what’s best for the team or the whole. Instead, most are concerned with, “What’s in it for me?”
Some times, there’s nothing in it for you other than the peace of being obedient to the Lord. Some times there’s nothing in it for you other than the blessing of serving and helping.
This week, I hope you will take time to read about the suffering of Jesus. Or, you should consider watching the movie “The Passion Of The Christ.” When we see the suffering Jesus experienced we should be moved to the depths of our soul.
Today, think about Jesus’ concern for His mother. As you do, allow the Holy Spirit to examine your life. Is their selfishness in your life? Have you been asked to serve and you’ve turned it down because it would take too much time. Have you been asked to give and you didn’t want to give your money?
John Bunyan once said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Let Jesus words of compassion to His mother move us to sacrifice and service.

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