Considering the third statement that Jesus made from the cross in John 19:26-27, let's go a bit deeper together:
Honor - One of the obvious applications from this statement is the earthly responsibilities we have, even as we obey the spiritual responsibilities and heavenly mission that the Father has given us. Jesus clearly was on a heavenly mission to seek and save sinners (Lk. 19:10). It was Jesus's purpose to go to the cross and give his life a ransom for many (Mk. 10:45). However, he still had earthly responsibilities that he did not shirk. One of Jesus's responsibilities is outlined in Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." Jesus was obedient to this command even in his death. We would think that it might be easy to focus on the mission of the Father at hand, knowing that it is a mission ordered by the Father in order to glorify the Father. Jesus, though, understands the need to still honor his mother and to care for her. Even in his death, his mission, he ensured her provision and protection. What about you? Maybe you're reading this as one whom has heard the call of God on your life, and you are actively pursuing the mission that God has set you on. Are you still tending to your earthly responsibilities? Or are you neglecting relationships and responsibilities in the name of Christian service? It's possible to do both. Jesus did.
Stand - Mary and John were standing at the cross as Jesus was crucified. When facing persecution from the enemy, as Jesus was upon the cross, you and I are told to stand as well. Notice the idea in Ephesians 6:12-20 "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.... Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore,...." So are you standing firm at the cross of Christ? Are you standing against spiritual warfare? Or like Peter and the other disciples, are you no where to be found?
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