“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” – John 19:25-27
I wrote about this scene in scripture as part of yesterday’s devotion, but I wanted to take a moment to point out the compassion of Christ that is on display in a separate (and shorter) piece.
As Christ is dying for the sins of the world and making the path for Mary and everyone else that would call on His name to come to the Father with perfect righteousness, He is still caring for her earthly needs.
Mary was losing her firstborn (though not quite as soon as she may have thought at the time), who had the responsibility to care for her as she aged.
Jesus is in the process of saving her soul and making a way for her to spend eternity in heaven and He still cares enough about her present earthly life to see to her provision through a disciple of His.
“ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
That Jesus, while in the midst of suffering excruciating physical, emotional (betrayed), and spiritual (becoming sin) pain, had the compassion to provide for Mary’s earthly needs is incredible.
This scene paints a beautiful picture of the love and compassion of Christ, not only for our eternal destiny, but also our temporary earthly lives. His love and compassion extends from eternity past to eternity future, from the biggest of problems to the smallest of issues.
Our earthly lives may be just a mist, but they are a mist that is carefully watched over and cared for by the creator of the universe.