Dear Woman

In the third statement by Jesus from the Cross, He turns His focus from the criminals at His side to those who are kneeling in front of Him. He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And to the disciple next to her He said “Here is your mother.”  (John 19:26-27) Jesus’ first two statements clearly revealed His divinity. His power to forgive sin and to grant eternal salvation. His third statement reflects His humanity in great depth.

As fully God and also fully man, Jesus’ concern for His mother Mary was not just as the Savior, but also as her son. While Jesus understood what was taking place in the spiritual realm and that His death was going to change eternity, He also understood that in that very moment, His earthly mother had very human, physical needs. His compassion for His earthly mother reminds us that Jesus also cares for our well being and our direction in life, even when we don’t understand Gods plans for us. And as Jesus asked John to care for His mother Mary, He asks us to care for others on His behalf.

PRAYER

Jesus, thank You for being a God of compassion, who sees and cares about everything that concerns me today. Help me to show that same compassion to those around me who are hurting.

Amen

“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

John 19:26-27

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