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Compassionate Provision

Dear woman, here is your son.
-John 19:26


Our weekends together since December have, for the most part, been stirred by the revelation of Christ in the gospel of John. It has been rich, hasn’t it? For the past few weeks, my articles here have dealt with the last recorded words of Jesus while He was on the cross. It is fitting perhaps to have John as a recipient specifically regarding some of those words. There is something infinitely moving about Jesus while enduring the agony of the Cross, at the moment when the salvation of the world hung in the balance, thought of the earthly provision of care for His mom. We can read this statement of Jesus too quickly, and miss the significance of His words.

Mankind has known some two thousand years since this moment. We have heard the story many, many times. We know how it goes. Mary did not, and Jesus understands the pain of a grieving mom. Simeon prophesied this when Jesus was born: “A sword will pierce your very soul.” Surely Mary remembered this saying and experienced the full penetration of that affliction.

This mother’s pain should remind us yet again that God understands the afflictions we all face as we live and die in a broken and fallen world. So in His devotion, still incomparably merciful, Jesus provides for the earthly needs of His mother before He is to leave this world. When Jesus placed Mary in the care of the apostle John, He not only let her know that she was provided for, but He also trusted John with a high privilege.

Like the other disciples, John would have initially fled from Jesus in fear. Yet here at the cross, we find him with Mary. What a comfort this must have been to Jesus as well. John is there because he found the courage to return. His failure was not final.

Consider the people that God has placed in your life. There are physical as well as spiritual ways we offer care for others. Who do you have the high calling of caring for in this world? Who is that one who should know your life of faith as you equip them to be a disciple? To whom belongs the power of your own compassionate provision?