“…he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’” John 19:26-27 (NIV)
Jesus is now on the cross and it is likely during the first hour or two that He spoke three times. First a prayer for forgiveness for His executioners Luke 23:34; then a word of assurance to the repentant thief Luke 23:43; and now a word to His mother which is our text for today.
Later, just before He dies, Jesus will speak of His own situation but for now, even though He was suffering greatly, He first spoke to the needs of others.
It seems curious that Jesus would arrange for His mother’s care if Joseph, her husband, was still alive. Joseph was described as a just man in Matthew 1:19 so it would be reasonably assumed that if he were alive he would care for Mary. Jesus, as the oldest male child, would have the care of His widowed mother.
It is remarkable that Jesus, poor as He was, would find the funds to care for Mary. Jesus said one day that He did not have a place to lay His head, Matthew 8:20.
The treasurer of the group, Judas Iscariot, was a thief and seemed to steal from the little they had, John 12:6. So Mary must have lived modestly but better than her Son did who was without any residence whatever to call home.
You will notice that Jesus fulfilled His responsibility to His mother right up until the end when He would no longer be there to see to her needs. The one to whom He entrusted her care is likely John the beloved disciple.
It was thought that John was a man of means and lived in Jerusalem. He would therefore not find the care of Mary to be the financial burden it had been to Jesus. For Mary’s part she would realise that she was not being an inconvenience to John and she would be with one who loved her Son and was loved by Him.
What we learn from this brief scene is that Jesus is faithful to the end in caring for those who love Him and are His responsibility. We see that He hands off the care of loved ones to those best suited to meet the needs of His people.
Jesus delivers on all that He promises. He is fully committed to the care of those who call on Him and ensures that their needs are fully met.
Have you felt the comfort that this picture of Jesus can give to you? Are you in the care of this One who meets the needs of His people? He offers Himself to anyone who will seek Him.
What is much more important than Jesus providing housing for Mary at the cross was the fact that He died on the cross to provide the eternal housing of all His people in every age. This was the greater work He did for Mary and all who would believe on Him.
Jesus calls on all of us to come to Him and receive help for today and forever. Have you come? Do you know Jesus has made provision for you? Will you answer His call to believe on Him and have eternal life? Do so and do so today.