Saturday, April 14, 2012
It was the time of the crucifixion. Pilate turned Jesus over to the crowd. The soldiers led Him to the cross. It was a terrible time. We have read the verses hundreds of times. We know about the crown of thorns. We know how the nails were driven into His hands and feet. He suffered. We read about the burial and the resurrection. I read the facts during Bible Study. I didn’t understand the passage about the gift. Maybe I read over it too fast and missed it. Jesus knew He was going to die. He knew about the tomb. He knew about the resurrection. He knew He would be going to Heaven. He looked down from the cross to see His earthly family. Verse 25 says “Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother there and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. This disciple was John. Jesus knew that His mother would be alone. He gave her John to be her son. John was to take His place with His mother. This was His gift to His mother. She would be the mother of John. This was the gift of a mother to John. That was a special gift given from the Cross while Jesus suffered and died for our sins.
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