No matter how many times I read the Bible, I am stunned by the compassionate love of Jesus. Time and time again scripture describes his kindness to all people, offering forgiveness and healing to all who had need. However, one act of love stands out to me this Mother’s Day, and that is when Christ cared for his mother while hanging on the cross.
“When Jesus 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!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” -John 19:26-27 ESV
As Christ had the weight of the whole world on his shoulders, he still looked down and saw Mary, his mom. Amid his deep suffering, Christ still cared for her. He knew she’d have need without him and would require a loving individual to care for her both physically and spiritually. The person for the job was already next to her and had long been dear to Christ. Who better to care for his precious mamma than John, the disciple whom Jesus loved?
I love that. John was in the right place to respond.
Jesus, in his last moments, not only shows great love for his mother, but shows all of us that we are responsible for one another. We are called to be unified as one body. Christ’s body. Representative of him.
Caring like Christ is about seeing who is in need and stepping in to fill that need. Whomever they are and no matter the circumstance. Mothers and brothers and neighbors are not limited to blood relatives or proximity. We are commanded to love all people, and to pick up the responsibility for those who have need.
Look for your mother today and see her with love and compassion. She may not be the person who gave birth to you. She could just be the woman next to you. Open your eyes to the mothers who are broken hearted at the circumstances they are in. Here, in this moment, is your opportunity to care like Christ.
Enjoy this Mother’s Day!
Sharon has been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and devotionals since 2007.
She has had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private, Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served women in the homeless community.
Sharon has traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often abused young women.
Within these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its transformative power has become her passion.
Sharon and her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown children.
Currently, Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry.
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