I’ve mentioned before in my posts that I try to put myself into the stories we are reading by imagining what it would feel like to be the different characters. I can’t even begin to imagine all that was on Jesus’ heart and mind as he was being nailed to the cross, but I have to believe that you and I, along with all the people whose sins He was choosing to die for, were among the top. I can’t fathom the kind of love that would compel me to die a brutal death. Until I think of the love that I have for my child and then it becomes a little clearer and I get a picture of the kind of love that left Jesus no choice but to do what He did. With Jesus’ death and His resurrection, Love won.
My heart breaks for Mary. I have so often imagined what it must have been like to be her, to be an unwed mother at such a young age with a miraculous conception that few would believe. The fear, the shame, but yet ultimately the incredible faith she had! God knew exactly who He had entrusted His son to and she did her job well right up to the very end as she stood at the foot of Jesus’ cross. What pain she must have felt as she watched her child suffer and die. What overwhelming love for Him glued her to that spot, refusing to leave Him until the end.
I’m so glad that John chose to give us such a heartfelt glimpse into the relationship between Jesus and Mary. In the midst of excruciating pain, Jesus doesn’t forget the woman who raised Him, taught Him, loved Him. He entrusts her to John, one of His best friends, who immediately takes the charge to heart to take Mary as his own mother and care for her. What that must have felt like for Mary to have her son give thought to her at this time. Love wins again.
I have a feeling these events didn’t quite play out the way Satan hoped they would. Jesus still could have chosen to curse God, command a legion of angels to come and rescue Him and divert the plan. He could have chosen the route that Satan took and refuse to be obedient to God’s plan, but He didn’t. This is the most vivid picture I know of Love triumphing over evil; Love being more powerful than hate; Love being what remains when all else fails.
Sometimes this story can become so familiar that we skim the details and miss the heart. I pray that you won’t let that happen this week, but will instead feel the emotion of this event that changed the course of the entire world! Jesus’ love for each of us is fierce and passionate and He wants us to live in it each and every day. You and I have been bought with an incredible price. You are Loved.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach