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Jesus insures the mother
Bible Passage John 19: 25b-27
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books John, Luke, Matthew.

Jesus insures the mother

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached June 21, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
25 Meanwhile, standing near Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he kept loving standing there, he told his mother, “Dear lady, here is your son.”

27 Then he told the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

BACKGROUND
Jesus’ mother, Mary, had followed him to the cross and stayed by Him during His ordeal. Among those who comforted her were John and three women: Mary’s sister Salome, who was the wife of Zebedee and the mother of the apostles James and John; another Mary, who was the wife of Clopas and the mother of James and Joses; and another Mary, who came from the town of Magdala in Galilee and was known as Mary Magdalene. These women had at first stood away from the cross, but later came and stood nearby (Matt 27:55-56; Mark 15:40-41; Luke 23:49; John 19:25-27).

Often, when people are suffering, they can only think about themselves. Although Jesus was suffering very much, He still thought about His mother. It seems that Mary’s husband, Joseph, had died. Jesus was Mary’s first son. So it was His duty to look after her.

We know that Jesus had brothers (for example, Mark 4:31). However, some Christians think that the word ‘brothers’ refers instead to Jesus’ cousins. This is because the Greek word for ‘brothers’ can also mean ‘cousins’. But, at that time, these brothers (or cousins) were not Jesus’ followers. And it seems that only one disciple stayed with Jesus by the cross. This was probably John (see note on John 13:23-25). Jesus trusted John. So Jesus told John to look after His (Jesus’) mother. And Mary went to live with John, as a family member.

This reminds us that all Christians belong to one family. Therefore we should care about each other. We should love each other like mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers.

LESSONS ✍🏽
🔷 Christians belong to the same family so must show love and care for each other

🔷 Children must support and honour their parents all the time

PRAYER POINTS 🙏🏽
💥 Pray for your parents
💥 Ask God to send help and support in your difficult moments

CONCLUSION 📙
We must always make provisions for our parents and ask God’s help to be able to support them throughout.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections