When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27
I’m a mom – just the thought of watching one of my sons being brutally beaten and hung on a cross brings tears to my eyes and is unbearable. I really can not imagine how hard this must be for Mary.
As I was meditating on the passage above, I came to realize that in this crowd of people- the Jewish leaders, the Roman soldiers, the disciples and women and other followers of Jesus, there is one person who has absolute knowledge and assurance that Jesus is who He says He is.
Only one person had the following experience – Mary: “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” Luke 1:26-27
Only one person was married to the man who had this experience – Mary:
“But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” Matthew 1:20-25
Only one has been told the following- Mary:
“And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also)…” Luke 2:35
As Mary stands at the cross, she is certain that Jesus has come from the Father to save the world and is not a criminal, that the only thing He is guilty of is love. She stands at the cross with a broken heart, grief, and pain that is beyond what she ever imagined. Mary treasured every bit of what she had been told in her heart but had no idea that the sword would pierce in this way. And yet, she bows in submission to the will of God and there is no record of any rebellion to this sword. As moms, we hurt when our children hurt and we specialize in helping our children to get beyond trouble. Mary does not try to fix this for she knows it is the will, plan, and purpose of God.
What great comfort it must have been to her as a mother to have Jesus see her, speak to her as his mother and make arrangements for her care as He is dying on a cross. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother (John 19:26).” Yes, He is Savior who will save his people from their sins and he is son, lovingly taking care of his precious mother.
What a beautiful picture God gives us in these Scriptures regarding Jesus dying for the world, all mankind. Mary stands at the cross heart broken, overcome with grief, absorbing every insult, mocking, lick, and nail as mothers do when their children go through AND she stands as a sinner in need of a Savior. Jesus will meet her most pressing need on the cross. Her need for a Savior.
Mary knows and understands her need for a Savior for she sung it after the visitation from the angel. “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…(Luke 1:46-47).”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16