John 19:25-27 25 “Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”(HCSB)
What a man says in the ending moments of His life is most telling about who He is and what He is about. Here the gospel of John gives us gospel treasure concerning what kind of a cross our Savior bears for us. The first thing we see here is the Lord’s concern from the cross. While our Lord is hung up naked, bleeding out with nails stapled to His body, suffering the eternal wrath of God, He speaks about the need for family affection amongst the people of the church. We often make the cross about many things that we choose but what we see here is that the cross is deeply and profoundly concerned with those who have benefited from it, loving one another with a family-like affection. Brothers and sisters, we can do many things and do them well, but if we do not see the cross as a work which makes people in the church of most concern then we have missed Christianity entirely.