“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” (John 19:26-27, NLT).

Some societies are better than others at taking care of aging parents. The cultures that fall short treat parents as useless and unimportant, thinking their time has passed. Children often don’t realize older folks are the same on the inside, it’s just their bodies that have changed.

In this third statement from the cross, Jesus showed he wasn’t just thinking of his own agony, the people involved in his execution or even how his plan for the world was being accomplished. As he looked at Mary, his heart was for his mother, whose face showed not only her pain but his as well. She may have understood by this time he was the Messiah, but she was also still his mother, the one who cradled and cuddled him. This tender, touching moment shows us deep into the heart of our God who doesn’t miss anything and doesn’t take our pain lightly. He didn’t forget his humanity then and he doesn’t forget ours now.

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