Statements of Christ on the Cross: He saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

[This is part of a series of posts during Easter week looking at the seven statements of Christ on the cross.]

…he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother!

—John 19:26, 27

The scene at this point is shortly before Christ died. The Bible says that He saw His mother Mary standing near the cross. Besides just standing there, she must have been frantic. She knew what God had said about her son being the Messiah. Of all that she experienced during the life of Christ, she probably knew there was much more to what was going on than what she could see. This must have been the time she expected Jesus to leap off the cross and make His escape (if she indeed ever thought those things).

Her son did die. He was placed in a tomb. We know from the biblical account that three days later she was quite distraught. If Jesus was going to save himself, this was the time.

But now He hands over the care of His mother to John. In Christ’s final hours of suffering in human flesh He is concerned about others. He takes care of His mother.

It is great to know that we can trust Him who cares for us when our heart is hurting.

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