Today’s Bible Reading:
16Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus away. 17Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.
21Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”
22Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”
23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.
25Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
Verse of the Day:
This is John’s account of the crucifixion.
Towards the end of our reading, John reveals to us a moment where Jesus showed love and care for his mother.
Can you even imagine for one moment Mary standing at the foot of the cross watching her son?
What went through her mind in that moment? Did she have flashbacks to the manger? Did she question everything that had happened? This is the woman that knew without a doubt God sent His son. How could God send His son for something like this?
Then, I wonder if God sent a peace that no one else would understand? I wonder if God gave her strength to stay and to linger and to wait expectantly for what was to come? Maybe Mary had a faith so strong that this was not the end of Jesus. Maybe she was one of the strongest that would not doubt God’s great plan for His Son on the cross.
Today is Palm Sunday and almost 40 days ago we started this study together reading about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the donkey. As we hear sermons and songs about this special time, I pray that our thoughts and minds reflect on all that we have learned during this time. I know that I am changed and that this Easter season is one that I will not forget. Thank you for studying with me and getting deeper into the Word.
God, speak to each of us on this Sunday. Help us to slow down and listen for Your still small voice in the ordinary busyness of our lives.