This is the third of a series of seven short meditations to help us prepare for Easter. Jesus is recorded as having spoken seven sayings from the cross. They help us understand what he accomplished through his death. We’re looking at them so that they might stimulate our appreciation of, our affection for and our adoration of the Lord Jesus Christ. So far we’ve thought about his first two words from the cross.
The third word that he uttered was a word of compassion. Look at John 19:26&27
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 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,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Jesus spoke a word of compassion when he said to Mary, ‘here is your son’ and to John, ‘here is your mother’. At a time of intense physical turmoil, Jesus’ thoughts turned to his Mother’s grief and her predicament. He saw her at the foot of the cross, weeping at the sight of her son being murdered before her very eyes. Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would be to watch your child die? Some of us may have come close to that experience. But at this very moment, Jesus displayed tender concern for his Mother. Her needs came before his. He made provision for her in her widowed vulnerability as he commissioned his trusted disciple to tend to her needs. And so, in these words we see Jesus’ selfless concern for others. They remind us that Jesus’ death wasn’t motivated by self interest but by his selfless concern for others.
Therefore, will you let Jesus’ death look after your needs?