This is your Mother, This is your Son

Just imagine the crucifixion of Lord Jesus. There was a huge crowd to witness it. Many high officials ands priests were there to see His crucifixion. In His three and half years of preaching the Good News, Jesus performed several miracles. He raised many from the dead, cured/healed many of their ailments. He touched and healed the lepers whom no one in the society dared to touch. Need to say more??? He gave redemption from sins to may sinners. At the foot of the cross, there stood only five people. Four women, including Mother Mary and His most loved disciple, John.

There are seven conversations that Jesus spoke while on the cross. Three statements to the Father in Heaven. One to the thief on the cross. Rest to those who stood near His cross. The death on the cross is not something that happens immediately. While suffering on the cross Jesus draws our attention not to His suffering, rather towards Father in heaven, the thief on the cross and those who stood around Him. Here we can our Savior who silences His own pain and draws focus to the one above us, below us and those around us.

Pause a moment and just imagine the sight when the Lord looked down from the cross. Mother stood before Him with her battered heart. Two pairs of eyes met each other. A son’s heart bled in pain for His mother, and a mother’s tender heart bled in pain for her son. Jesus saw His favorite disciple, John standing next to His mother. When He saw them He said, John 19:26-27,

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.

Can you imagine the pain, the thoughts, unsaid words and emotions that Mother Mary must have experienced when they placed the lifeless bleeding body of her son Jesus on her lap??? No one can. She must remembered/recalled the words of angel Gabriel, Luke 1: 30-33,  30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” She must have recalled the painful and stabbing words of Simeon, Luke 2:35,…  And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” She must have walked down the memory lane from the moment she took baby Jesus into her arms till her son lay lifeless on her lap.

Our Lord had selected 12 apostles. One of them betrayed Him. One denied/ rejected Him three times. Where were the rest nine apostles??Only the most loved of His apostles stood beneath His cross and followed Him. Hence, he received the blessing of taking care of Mother Mary. Lord Jesus knew very well that the one who loved him so much would love His mother also. Everyone only wanted a Jesus who performed miracles and wonders. Those who proclaimed that we will not leave or forsake you ever, left Him in time of danger.

Jesus was anxious about Mother Mary even at the time of His death. At the wedding at Cana, when mother came to Him for help saying that the wine is over, He said that Hs time has not yet come. Yet later we see that He turns water into wine. He performed his first miracle to fulfill His mother’s wish. Mother Mary had full faith in Jesus, her son. She asked the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus says to them. It is to be noticed that the hopes of mother Mary did not go wrong.

It is recorded in the Bible that Jesus first appeared before Mary Magdalene after He rose from the dead. It is impossible to believe that Jesus would give priority to someone other than His mother when He rose again. It is true that no one asked mother about it. Jesus did not really need a womb to be born. Son of the Most High could have descended on earth just like that. Mother Mary was the only virgin deemed fit among women to give birth to Jesus. In the absence of father Joseph, mother Mary was looked after by John. What happened to mother Mary after the death of Jesus. Did she die? If yes, how?? Was she taken up to heaven?? The Bible speaks very little about the mother who gave birth to the Savior of the world. Its a sad truth.

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