Dying Words of Love

God’s love and grace for us is evident in the sending of his one and only son Jesus. The depth of his love is shown by the fact that Jesus sacrificed himself to reconcile us to God, to bring us salvation we cannot earn on our own. Yet his love for us is so much greater than we can imagine. This is evident in John 19:26-27:

“When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ From that hour the disciple took her into his own household (NASB).”

Even as Jesus was hanging from the cross bearing the weight of all our sin, he saw the grief of his mother below; he saw that she needed someone to care for her. Such a deep, selfless love demonstrated in his dying words that included asking his disciple to care for his mother.

God’s love for us is deeper than just offering us salvation through Jesus. Even though he is pained by our sin, he reaches out to us to offer his care, his love, his grace. He says to our fellow Christians, behold your brother and sister in Christ. In the midst of our grief he offers the helping hand of another. “From that hour the disciple took her into his own household (John 19:27).”

© 2020, CGThelen

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