JOURNEY TO EASTER: DAY 29
After offering forgiveness to a dying thief beside Him, Jesus shifted His attention to His grieving mother and uttered His third statement from the cross.
- “Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing near her. He said to His mother, ‘Woman, here is your Son.’ Then to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that moment the disciple accepted her as his own mother.” John 19:26-27 (MSG)
Despite His own suffering from the cross, Jesus was concerned for the welfare of His mother. He knew her heart was breaking as she helplessly watched His final moments of suffering from the foot of the cross. Jesus was her oldest child, and most scholars believe that Joseph had already died, leaving Jesus to care for her. Concerned for His grieving mother and her personal welfare, Jesus offered her a word of comfort and committed her care into the hands of a faithful disciple. What a lesson in selflessness! Jesus refused to allow His present pain to dull His sensitivity to the needs of one who depended on Him. We can do the same by focusing on the needs of those closest to us.
The most dramatic words spoken from Calvary came next:
- “… My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46 (NIV)
Jesus’ words tremble with emotional anguish and the feeling of a sense of abandonment completely foreign to the oneness He had always shared with His Father. Although His question may trouble many theologians, aren’t you thankful that God is not threatened by our hard questions or our complaints? It demonstrates both the humanity and Deity of Christ. He felt God-forsaken. No one experiencing suffering and sorrow could possibly understand why. We’ve all had moments when we’ve wondered, “Why God?” It’s comforting to know that we have a Savior who has been there as well and understands our despair. He points us in the direction where we can lift our cry. Cry out to God. He doesn’t mind our questions or complaints and, although He may seem absent, He is never far away.
- How do you process your pain? What are the hard questions you’ve wondered about? Take them to God in a time of prayer and be still to listen to what He may say.