This is your mother

John 19:25-30 (This is your mother)

Connects to: MARY

            Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

            Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.”

            A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a stalk of hyssop, and lifted up to his lips. Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!”

            Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:25-30 (Good News Translation)

Notes

Because they presented less of a threat to the authorities, the women who followed Jesus were present at his death (and later at the empty tomb). Among them was Jesus’ mother, Mary. It’s likely that she was now a widow.

The “disciple he loved” is generally identified as John. Even in great pain, Jesus arranges for his mother’s well-being. Many Christians, however, take this as a broader statement—that Mary is “mother” of all who follow Jesus.

The thirst of Jesus emphasizes the fact that he was no ghost. Some alternate teachings through the centuries have tried to say that Jesus was merely an apparition that seemed human. The many details of his bodily life and death would prove otherwise.

How do you react emotionally to the suffering of Jesus?

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