When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27
Where were the disciples during the crucifixion? Except for John, the disciple Jesus loved, they may have been in hiding scattered across Jerusalem. Perhaps some were there; maybe Peter and Matthew, keeping a discrete distance from the crowd. But fact is we really don’t know. Once again the women are there. Only John of the twelve was there with Jesus’ mother Mary and the other women.
I think it is every parent’s nightmare to have a child die, but to have to see your child suffer such a cruel death as crucifixion just boggles my mind. Still, Mary was there and John was with her offering his support. Is it any wonder that John held a special place in Jesus’ heart? But to me what is amazing is that Jesus hanging from a cross is once again concerned with someone else. Jesus wants to make sure that someone will take care of Mary. Jesus passed His sonship over to John. From that day John took Mary into his home.
Jesus always thought about others. Even dying on the cross He thought of others. First to forgive those who called for His death then those who carried the execution out? Next we find Jesus concerned with the criminal next to Him assuring that his faith would allow him to be with Jesus in paradise. Now we see Jesus concern for his mother’s welfare. So much concern for others and so little concern for Him.
If we as believers could show the same concern for those around us rather than worrying about how bad things are for us we would change the world.
Have a blessed day,