Behold the power of Love by Deon Crafford
John 19:25 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
One of God’s richest blessings to mankind is that of family. It is within family that we find protection and care that supercedes most of what we find outside of family. It is in family that we find more forgiveness and mercy than what the world can offer us. It is in family that we are accepted and loved despite our flaws and quirkiness. Without family we are literally floundering in a sea of unpredictable relationships and responses. The importance of family is ironically no better illustrated than in the mental trauma and/or social deviancy that originate from broken families.
When Jesus utters these words to His mother and to John, whilst going through His last agonising moments on the cross, He uses the opportunity to seal a relationship between those He loves and cares for. Jesus makes authoritatively clear that His mother shall be taken up into the family and cared for by the disciple He loved so closely. In Jesus’ terms and perspective it matters little that we may not be directly related to each other, but because we are all bound together in one Christ, we shall treat each other as direct family and provide nurture, care, inclusion, forgiveness and unconditional love – the same as we would automatically bestow on our direct family. Could these words of Jesus still carry meaning for us today? It absolutely does. If I look to the left and the right of me I will find people that Jesus loves in the same way as He loves me. And I will hear his words that say: “behold your brother”; “behold your sister”; “behold your parent/elder”; and “behold your child”.
We are living in a time where bitterness and hatred seems to dominate the headlines – both here in our country and across the world. Jesus embodies love and if we truly follow after Him, as we proclaim we do, then love shall dominate our conduct and attitude towards one another – regardless. It is a deep challenge to the self-preservation mindset with which we tend to live, but if we manage to overcome, we release a wave of power that is unstoppable. How futile will it be for those who want to sow hatred, if all they end up with is love? Shall I then behold whomever Jesus is pointing me to?
Love to all