Devotion: Friday, May 11
When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
Most of you are probably aware that there are seven statements recorded which Jesus made from the cross. The passage listed above is among them. We are two days away from celebrating Mother’s Day. This passage is an incredible testimony of the value which Jesus places on moms and on family. Although He is suffering on the cross, battling all the forces of darkness, paying the price of all the sins of the world – there is one matter from the current world for which He has concern; that is the well-being of His mother.
Jesus was Mary’s eldest child. There is no mention of Joseph during Jesus’ public ministry, so we would believe he has died. It would appear that, in the midst of the greatest ministry ever, Jesus believed He was called to care for the daily needs of His mother. Now that He is about to depart to be with the Father, He is intentional about seeing to the well-being of His mother. “And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
This alone should show us that the call to kingdom ministry is not a call to ignore the responsibility which has been entrusted to us of our families.
Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies!