Pure and Undefiled Religion
Just before Jesus breathed His last, John writes of an interchange Jesus had with he and his mom:
“So the soldiers did these things, but standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdelene. When Jesus 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!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:24b-27)
Why does Jesus do that? Shouldn’t He be worried about Himself? Why in the world would he take precious last words and breaths to call on John to now care for His mom and for His mom now to consider John as her son? Couldn’t they figure it out who would do what later? It seems way too of important of a moment for Jesus to be all concerned that His mom is taken care of??
What does this tell us?
Jesus is passionate and burdened and deeply moved to action for the sake of the helpless.
His mom (apparently) would now be a widow. We aren’t sure where the other brothers and sisters are or what happened to Joseph. But we know Mary will now need to be taken care of. While Jesus was in excruciating pain (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually), He took care of this all important detail before He breathed His last breath.
When James, Jesus’ half brother, ‘got it’ and understood the importance of this we cannot be sure. But we know he did: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction. . . ” (James 1:27)
The heart of God is to go after, care for, love, and abundantly meet the needs of the helpless.
My wife and I leave this morning for Ethiopia to meet our new daughter. God willing, on Monday she will become a Pearson. Would you please pray with us that God give us His heart for the helpless and, more than that, affect our hearts with the knowledge of His heart through this entire process?
Oh for grace to know Him more.
Thank you in advance. I will post updates as often as possible.