When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

John 19:26-27, RSV 


This is a curious passage, at first, until we really think about what is going on. Jesus' closest disciple is about to lose his best friend, and the One whom he has devoted his life to. Mary needs to be with someone who can comfort her after this brutal scene that she is now witnessing. She apparently has lost her husband Joseph some time earlier. Her children at this point do not believe that their brother Jesus is the Son of God (though they soon will when they see the miracles and His resurrection).


So Jesus, while suffering on the cross, makes sure that His mother and dear disciple are taken care of and comforted at this critical moment.


Let that sink in: If Jesus was still thinking of those who loved Him at the height of His agony, don't you know that He will take care of those of us who love Him today?


"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.  In My Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you."

John 14:1-2, NIV 


Today is Day 30 of the 90 day study through the New Testament. Today's study of John 19-21 concludes the Gospels, so if you have made it thus far, you have accomplished something that few people will ever take the time to do. May God richly bless you as you seek to follow Him!