“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
Often times when I think of someone’s “final words,” I think back to some of my favorite movie quotes: “I’ll be back,” “Luke, I am your father,” “With great power comes great responsibility,” “May the force be with you,” and “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Now, I am sure many of you have heard these fun quotes, and you are thinking to yourself that I am a nerd for quoting Star Wars. That is okay because it is true. I love it!
What is one of your favorite movie, book, or song quotes?
As we continue in our study of Jesus’ final words from the cross, I want to take a deeper look into His discussion with His mother. John records Jesus’ discussion with His mother in John 19:26-27, “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.” Often times, when I read over this passage of Christ’s crucifixion, I will simply glaze over this interaction. I find myself focusing on His final moment where He breathes His last breath or His interaction with the thieves crucified alongside Him. Yet, throughout His crucifixion, Jesus is continually showing where His priorities are and His concern and love for His people.
Who was the disciple beside Mary?
How does Jesus refer to His mother? Why?
It has always interested me, how Jesus no longer refers to His mother Mary as “mom.” Instead, He refers to her as “woman.” He is, in a sense, showing how she has completed her earthly duty as His mother and is now preparing her for when He is gone. In the second part of this passage, we see Jesus address John and giving Him one final instruction. He says in verse 27, “Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” What an incredible honor! Jesus is literally in His final moments, and He looks to John for one final task, the care of His mother.
Is there someone who you would entrust your family?
How do you think John felt with the final task with which he was entrusted?
For me, taking a step back and letting this passage sink in is pretty crazy. Jesus has just been beaten, whipped beyond anything we can fathom, mocked, forced to carry His own cross, nailed to that cross, pierced in His side, and mocked some more. Yet, before He takes His final breath, He makes sure that someone will take care of His mother. As followers of Christ, it is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world, and our focus can easily be turned to look after ourselves. Please know my heart, you are not alone, I am right there with you; guilty as charged. However, throughout His entire life and ministry, even to His final hour on the cross, Christ’s focus is others and even us.
When was the last time you reached out and checked on a friend or coworker?
When was the last time that you went out of your way to bless someone?
By definition, “obedience” is being submissive to the command of authority. I honestly wish I could say that I have always understood and adhered to this definition. Yet, as many of my school teachers and especially parents can attest to, that has not always been the case. Still, John’s obedience to Jesus is something for which I strive. At the end of verse 27, it reads, “And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” John did not hesitate for one second on this final task Jesus was entrusting to him. He truly did as the Master commanded and took Mary in as his mother. He accepted the responsibility to take care, love, and protect her, just as Jesus had done.
What was a time in your life when you were not obedient to authority?
Is there a time where you have struggled being obedient to a task from the Master?
Is there a task Christ has placed on your heart and you have been avoiding?
As we continue on in this series and continue to take in these final sayings Christ said before He took His final breath, we are left with a choice. You see, John had the option to choose to ignore Jesus’ final request. However, He submitted to Jesus’ authority in his life and understood the privilege and honor with which he was being entrusted. As followers of Christ, we cannot forget the honor and privilege it is to be His followers. Even in His final moments before His death, Jesus was looking out for and taking care of us. The very least we can do is strive for the same obedience that John had to the Master’s request. So, as you continue on in this week and the weeks after this Easter season, will you be obedient to the Master’s call on your life?