Jesus spoke seven times from the cross. His first words were a prayer to His Father asking Him to forgive His enemies. The second time He spoke He gave the promise of life to a dying thief. When considering the third of our Lord’s last words, we come to the tenderest scene at Calvary, the scene between Jesus and His mother. As He hung there, He looked down on the woman who had given Him birth, kissed His brow, and held His hand when He took His first steps, the mother who had watched it all. She’d seen Him grow into the man who amazed the teachers in the temple. She had witnessed Him enter the ministry and saw Him despised, rejected, hated, and persecuted. Now she sees Him dying upon the cross and her heart is breaking. He knows she is thinking about those things that were, the things that might have been, and all the things that will never be. It is then that He speaks to her, “Woman, behold your son!” And to His disciple John, “Behold your mother!”(John 19:26-27).
With these words, Jesus fulfilled the command given by God in the book of Exodus. “Honor your father and your mother; that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives you” (20:12). As a child, He had given her His full obedience. As a man, He took the ultimate responsibility of a son. He saw to it that His mother would be taken care of.
Jesus made certain that the earthly needs of His mother were met by leaving her in the care of a trusted friend. But the responsibility for her redemption He took upon Himself. With his death on the cross, He provided her an eternal home.
Inspired by the Sermon Notes of Pastor Gary Elliott.