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This week we continue our sermon series “Last Words” as we look at the final seven sayings of Jesus from the cross. In His final hours as He suffered and died, Jesus looked to His mother Mary with compassion and to His disciple John with a calling and a responsibility.
In that moment, with the sin of the world resting on His shoulders, Jesus wanted to ensure that His mother would be well taken care of after He was gone. Not only this, but He wanted John to know that it was now his responsibility to care for her, as they are truly family. Christ’s words to His mother and to John reveal to us some powerful truths. Not only does Jesus care deeply about our specific needs but the tie that connects us as believers runs much stronger than we might think.
“…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 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.”
“While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”