October 24 – Not Alone

John 19:25-27

but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (John 19:25 ESV)

Recently a string of rather unexpected deaths have rocked several of my friends. Death is a difficult thing to deal with. Even when you have the assurance that a person was a believer it is still tough to have them suddenly out of your life. Even though it is a temporary removal.

Jesus’ mother had to have been emotionally devastated by the events of Jesus’ execution. She had known from before his birth that he would face the inevitable brutality, but that wouldn’t have made it any easier. Thankfully there were friends around her to help her through it.

Jesus, from his cross, even appointed his youngest apostle, John, to watch over Mary. He took care of his mom. He didn’t want her to face life alone. It begs a curious question that I don’t really know the answer to. Where was Jesus’ adopted father Joseph?

The bible doesn’t really answer that question, but the point is that Jesus wanted Mary to be taken care of. Even in his final moments he was concerned for others. He didn’t love his life alone, he didn’t die alone, and he doesn’t wish that his people would go it alone either.

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