Mother and Son

Jesus was arrested and brought before some Jewish leaders. Finally Jesus was sent to the Roman governor, Pilate. Even though Pilate said that Jesus was innocent, he handed Him over to the Jews to be crucified.

Jesus was led out of Jerusalem to a place called “The Place of the Skull.” There He and two other men were nailed to crosses. While Jesus was on the cross, people made fun of Him and gambled for His clothes.

But Jesus was not alone. Jesus’ mother and some of His followers were there at the cross. Matthew 26:26-27 tells us that Jesus took care of His mother. “Jesus saw his mother. He also saw the follower he loved very much standing there. He said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the follower, ‘Here is your mother.’ So after that, this follower took Jesus’ mother to live in his home.”

The follower that Jesus was talking to was John. Probably Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father had died. Jesus wanted to make sure that someone took care of His mother. Jesus told Mary and John that from now on, they should be like mother and son.

Jesus thought about His mother, even as He was dying. We should be like Jesus and honor our parents.