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His Mother and the Disciple Whom He Loved

April 18, 2014

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His Mother  and the Disciple  Whom He Loved

We call Good Friday  “Good Friday”  because that’s the day  Jesus did us  more good  than any tongue  can possibly tell.     His excruciating  suffering  and death  paid  for absolutely all  of our sins.     Nothing is more good  for us  than that willing  and most faithful love.     Everything that happened on Good Friday  is good  for us  to think about.     All those details  that the New Testament gospels  tell us  about that day  were fulfillments  of many Old Testament prophecies.

So,  Christ Jesus   knew ahead  of time  everything  that would happen  —  and He willingly  let everything take place  because  of His love  for us.     We can know  that we were  in Jesus’ thoughts  and loving care  as He hung  on that cross.     There was also  another love  that held Jesus’  attention while He suffered.     That account  is recorded  in John 19:25-27,

There were standing  by the cross  of Jesus  His mother,  and His mother’s sister,  Mary the wife  of Clopas,  and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw  His mother,  and the disciple  whom He loved  standing nearby,  He said  to His mother,  “Woman,  behold,  your son!”

Then He said  to the disciple,  “Behold,  your mother!”     And from that hour  the disciple  took her  into his own household.

Mary’s husband,  Joseph,  had evidently died  before any  of this took place.     But,  what about the rest  of Jesus’ family?     Shouldn’t they  be the ones  to care  for their mother?     Jesus had brothers  and sisters.     After all,  Mark 6:3  says that the Jews  wondered  about Jesus’ authority  to do  so many miracles  and asked,

“Is not this the carpenter,  the son  of Mary,  and brother  of James,  and Joses,  and Judas,  and Simon?     Are not His sisters  here with us?”     And they  took offense  at Him.

Sadly,  John 7:5  records  that these brothers  were not believing Jesus  during His ministry.

For not even His brothers  were believing  in Him.

It is thought that because these brothers  were not believing  in Jesus  at that time  —  in spite of  His many miracles  —  Jesus did not want  to entrust  His mother  to such unbelievers.     As the eldest  in His family  and the one  in the position  of responsibility,  Jesus  was especially concerned  for His mother  in her time  of sorrow,  and did not want her  to have  to endure  the unbelief  of His brothers.     So,  Jesus asked John  to take over  His responsibility  of caring  for Mary.     John lovingly did so  that very moment.

All  of Good Friday  is a picture  of love  —  love for us  and a most gracious concern  for doing  the very best  for those  in pain.     Jesus put everyone else’s needs  far ahead  of His own desires.     We need salvation  —  really need salvation.     Without faith  in Jesus’ loving sacrifice,  we are eternally condemned.     May we find our eternal peace,  victory,  and joy  resting  in Jesus’ love.

Safe  in Jesus’ care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for showing us  real love.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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