Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother,
“Woman, here is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Here is your mother.”
And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27
Jesus, as we see him here on the cross (a brief view since it is too early in the season and too beautiful to behold all at once), in agony, suffering, drained, tired - he was at his lowest point. After being up all night, slapped, insulted, beaten, questioned, and at one point abandoned by all he held dear - our precious Savior continued to put others first. We don't know whether this disciple's mother was still alive or not, but we do know that Jesus saw in his heart the tender care of a son. Or perhaps this disciple would need a mother in the days to come after Jesus' death. Regardless, Jesus chose wisely - knowing who would be best to care for his dear mother. And here we also see him bring her as his earthly family, full circle. Just as Joseph took Mary into his home as his wife, and adopted Jesus as his son, so now Jesus made sure his mother was adopted into another home and family. And even if Jesus himself couldn't stay with her to provide for her, and carry on his patriarchal duties, he still made sure that she was protected and loved. I know his earthly father couldn't be more proud looking down on him from heaven. And thank you God, our heavenly Father, for always putting us first and caring for us - help us to always do the same for your children!
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