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Mary's New Caregiver

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But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. (John 19:25–27)

The adversative conjunction but introduces a sharp contrast between the callous indifference of the soldiers (v. 25a), who were gambling for Christ's clothes (and, by implication, the sneering hatred of the rulers [Luke 23:35] and the mocking contempt of those passing by [Matt. 27:39–40]), and the compassionate love of a small group of loyal followers. They were standing by (para; “beside,” or, “alongside”) the cross of Jesus, close enough for Him to speak to them. (Later, either driven away by the soldiers, or unable to bear any longer the sight of Christ's suffering at such close range, they retreated some distance away to where a larger group of Christ's followers was standing [Luke 23:49].) Their love for Jesus overcame their fear (cf. 1 John 4:18), and they came to Him.

The number of women in the group is disputed, but there were most likely four. Jesus' mother, Mary, was there. This was the time that Simeon had warned her long ago would come, when the sword would pierce her soul as she watched her Son suffer (Luke 2:35). Of the three lists of women (cf. Matt. 27:55–56; Mark 15:40–41), John's is the only one that mentions the presence of Jesus' mother...

Sermon ID 7111138234
Duration 01:59
Date Jul 1, 2011
Category Question & Answer
Bible Text John 19
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