Matthew 27:56,56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
John 19:25-27, 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 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.
Let us go to the feet of cross.
1.Those who were present there: Let us first see those were present on Jesus’ side. The Bible says at that time those present were women these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Only the book of John says that John the disciple whom Jesus loved was standing nearby with Mother Mary. At the cross Jesus handed Mother Mary to John as his mother. Then he took her to his home.
Those who were present with Mother Mary at that moment were people who had been blessed by Jesus and received His grace. Let us think and ponder about Mother Mary here. Mother Mary was a Jew. She was betrothed to be married. In those times if an unmarried Jewish woman became pregnant before marriage. The consequences were very brutal. Deuteronomy 22:21, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you. Disregarding the risk involved, Mary handed herself to the will of God. That was just the start of her walk on the path of thorns. At the time of full term pregnancy, just a young girl then she travelled on the back of a donkey to Jerusalem. The Prince of heaven and the Saviour of this world could not even get a room for His birth. He was born in a stable among animals.
Joseph received a vision in sleep that king Herod was trying to kill the baby, hence flee to Nazareth. That night itself he fled to Nazareth with Mary and baby Jesus. The son who was supposed to be the strength during her old age was mercilessly flogged and beaten like a common criminal. He became the object of mockery by the Pharisees, high priests and those who hated Him. She had to see Him spat upon where His holy face was to be kissed with love. He was crowned with thorns and hit hard with a flogger. His whole body was bleeding profusely and pieces of flesh came off even as the Roman soldiers flogged Him. His holy body was unrecognizable under His bloodshed body. They next placed a heavy wooden cross on the tired and completely worn out Jesus. The helpless mother stood at a distance and had to watch her loved son fall down seven times in exhaustion from carrying the cross of our sins. No one saw the tears of blood flowing from that mother’s heart.
The Roman soldiers played dice to see who would get the robe Jesus wore that Mother Mary must have made herself. They nailed Him to the cross with long nails at the hands and feet which she must have kissed several times as a kid. Her heart must have broke into pieces at her own helplessness when she could not even offer water to Him when He said ,’I am thirsty’. She saw Him die on the cross before her own eyes. When they placed His dead body on her lap, she must have recalled all the events since His birth till His death like a replay. Dear children of God. Pause. Think.
We are prosperous. He delivered us from our sins. But what about Mother Mary??? She walked on thorns then and continues to walk even today. For her walk on thorns today we are the reason. We have become children who only remember and speak about the crucifixion of Christ without any regards to the pain He went for us. The Mother sitting next to her Son, sees us jump from one sin to another. We too stand only to be blessed by Him like the others. She weeps in pain seeing that her son’s sacrifice is going in vain. No one likes to walk in the path shown by Jesus. Heavenly Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit and blessed Mother are all in pain due to us.
2. Those on the enemy side: Those who stood against Jesus were the one who loved power/authority, those who were jealous and those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Him. These people had eyes yet were blind. They had ears but were deaf. they were opportunists and lacked moral value. They twisted and used the prophecies of prophets to suit their purpose and motive. These people became scared when they heard about the resurrection. They made the soldiers spread the rumors that the body was stolen by the disciples. When Jesus died the curtain in the temple of Jerusalem tore down into two pieces from the top to bottom. Mountains shook. The sun lost its shine and the sky was dark for some time. Many dead prophets were raised to life. They turned a blind eye to all this as if nothing had happened.
3, The disciples of Jesus: These disciples had once said they were ready to even die for Him. But what did we see. One betrayed Him into the Roman hands. Except for John the other ten disciples went hiding into a small room. The news of resurrection was shared to the disciples by the women who wen to the tomb. They rushed to the tomb and seeing what the women had said was true they returned back. Peter, whom Jesus had appointed as the one on whom He would establish His church forgot his duty and returned to his former life of a fisherman. the others too followed suit. John 21:3, 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. The Lord did not leave them alone. He appeared before them several times and strengthened them in spirit. He promised them that He would be with them till end of time. Matthew 28:20, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
4. The two thieves: The two thieves were not at the foot of the cross but on either side of the cross. The thief on the left mocked him like the rest. The one on the right proclaimed Him to be the Son of God. Blessed, he was promised by Jesus that he would be with Him in Heaven that day. We too can be blessed with this promise. Decide now where do you stand??? On the left??? Or the right??
Now let us ask ourselves. With whom do we stand??? With the Pharisees??? With Mary Magdalene???? Or with the thief on the left side???? If you ask me, I would say that like the thief on the right side I would like to ask for forgiveness and seek forgiveness. Now take a moment and think for yourself.