He Saw Her
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (John 19:27-28)
I admit to never noticing verse twenty eight this way before. Perhaps we were so amazed by the statements on either side of it. We’ve addressed Jesus’ care for His mother, and His thirst, but I’ve missed this. He considered taking care of His Mom’s future as part of His prophetic course.
In the midst of completing the work of salvation, taking both our sins and taking the stripes for our healing, this was part of His journey. Christ didn’t say this as an afterthought. Just as He knew He would die for the world, He knew He would take care of His mother.
The first promise of The Messiah was given to a woman, Eve the first mother. Her Creator promised I will take care of you, and in so doing He saw Mary in His mind. Before He was a baby in a manger, before Abraham saw His day, He saw her on that day.
John means grace, and in the midst of bringing grace to the world, He gave grace to her. He was saying Mom I know this is hard, but I’ll give you the grace to see it through. I love you, I’ll take care of you. I may have to go away but I will give grace to you.
Jesus saw another day too. A day when, probably near John, in an Upper Room she was filled with His Spirit. He didn’t leave her, He just changed roles.
As we get older, we change roles, but we must never forget our mothers. They saw days ahead that we didn’t see. They prepared for things so we didn’t have too. Let’s take this day, and every day and shower them with our love, reflecting God’s grace.