by Anastacia Maness
We are getting close to resurrection Sunday. Jesus was celebrated, betrayed, falsely accused, beaten, denied, and hung on the cross to die one of the cruelest of deaths.
He had no comfort while on that cross. Most of His disciples abandoned Him. He was alone, hanging there mocked and ridiculed by the crowd.
Have you ever gone through something extremely painful?
What did you think about at the time?
I’m not sure about you, but when I’m in pain I tend to think about myself and how to get out of the painful situation. If I saw my family, I would want them to help me feel better.
Jesus was dying a cruel death of pain and suffocation on the cross but He didn’t focus on how to relieve His pain. Instead, He looked down from the cross and saw His mother.
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’” – John 19:25-28 (NKJV)
Even though Jesus was exhausted and suffocating, He cared about his family.
Mary had been storing up all the things Jesus said and did His whole life in her heart. She knew He was the Messiah.
Now she was there watching the horrors and atrocities happening to her innocent Son.
The sword was going through her soul also (see Luke 2:35), and Jesus cared.
Jesus saw the apostle John standing a short distance from the cross and told him, “Take care of my mother.”
And that very moment John took Mary home.
What can we learn from one of Jesus’ final acts on the cross?
Family is important.
Jesus made sure His mother was cared for even as He was dying.
We need to not only take care of their physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well.
Do our families know about Jesus?
Do we faithfully go with our children to church? Do we study the Bible together? Will our children be able to share their faith with future generations after we are gone?
Jesus died for you and your family. Share the Good News with your family today.
Have you and your family already accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Please tell us about your experience in the comments. We would love to hear your testimony.
Anastacia Maness is a preacher’s wife, homeschooling mother of 6 Blessings, and writer. When she’s not busy counting her blessings she is writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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