February 23, 2021
Seven Last Words Series #3
Looking Beyond Ourselves
John 19:25 (NIV)
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
What Mary experienced at the cross.
Luke 2:34-35 (NLT)
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him.
35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Mary’s sister was there as well. John doesn’t mention Mary’s sisters’ name, but Matthew & Mark do tell us her name. It was Salome.
We learn from Salome to humbly accept rebuke and learn from it. Salome was the one that asked Jesus if her two sons (James & John) could sit on either side of him (places of prestige) when he established his kingdom. Jesus had rebuked her for that request? Well, even though she had been rebuked and perhaps a bit embarrassed she was there by his side at the cross.
The main characters of this passage are Jesus, his mother Mary, and John. Take a look at the 26th verse.
John 19:26-27 (NIV)
26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son,"
27 and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
In these verses the 3rd word that Jesus spoke is revealed, and that word is “affection.” He expressed affection or caring for his mother. Jesus gives us a wonderful example here in this passage. In the norm we would expect him to be focused on his own suffering.
There is a spiritual principle that weaves thru-out the Scripture and Paul mentions it in his letter to the church at Philippi.
Philippians 2:3 (NLT)
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
John's faithfulness to Jesus.
Oh to be drawn closer to Jesus and to love him more and more. And to be more like Jesus so that we will not focus on ourselves, but rather we will be faithful to focus on others even as Jesus did as he hung there upon the cross.
Looking beyond ourselves.