“When Jesus saw His mother standing there beside the disciple He loved, He said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.”
Jesus had much on His mind as He hung dying on the cross. The pain was killing Him – literally. He no doubt yearned to rejoin His Heavenly Father. He knew His job on earth was finished; He had accomplished everything His Heavenly Father had ordained. Yet He was also aware of His disciples’ shock. He was probably stung with grief over Peter’s denial and Judas’ betrayal. Only God knows everything that went through His mind.
But one topic is clearly recorded. As Jesus looked down from the cross, He saw the need to do something about His grieving mother. Referring to John, His beloved disciple, He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son.” He then made a similar statement to John: “Here is your mother.” (Bible scholars assume that Mary’s husband, Joseph, must have passed away by this time, and thus needed assistance.)
Early in His ministry (Mark 3:31-35), Jesus had said His true family members were “anyone who does God’s will.” But here, near the end of His earthly life, His love and concern for His birth mother are apparent as well.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the important work we are doing that we neglect our commitments to our loved ones. If anyone could have claimed that His ministry was the top priority, it would have been Jesus. But even in the middle of His most important act of ministry, even while enduring unspeakable physical and spiritual agony, Jesus cared enough about His mother to ensure she would not be left vulnerable and alone. His charged His closest disciple with her care. May we, too, remember to care for our loved ones even while we carry out the other work God has given us to do.1 May we never forget the importance of ‘mothers’ in our lives. Jesus didn’t, neither should we!
1Men’s Study Bible, Pg 1422, A Son and a Mother