BEHOLD THY SON

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (John 19:26-27)

Leslie M. John

One of the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross was: ”Behold thy son”… and he continued saying … ”Behold thy mother”.

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (John 19:26-27)

When Jesus was in human form having relinquished his glory to become one like us He honored his mother. When he was hung on the cross he gave the responsibility, to one of his disciples John, to look after his mother. Likewise Jesus also comforted his mother that his disciple John, whom he loved, would be her son from then onwards. Jesus showed great love towards every body on this earth. His love included healing, forgiving sins, and bearing our sins upon himself.

Lord Jesus was the Son of God, who had divine nature in himself while on this earth, in addition to having human nature. He replied to his mother, once, that he came into this world to do His Father’s business. The Father’s business in him and through him was to glorify the Father’s name and accept crucifixion bearing our sins upon him in order to redeem us from the bondage of sin. His Father’s business was more important for him, but he did not neglect his responsibilities while he was on this earth.

Mary the earthly mother of Jesus and Joseph did not find him after their one day’s journey while returning from Jerusalem to their native place Galilee. They had been to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover feast. They supposed that Jesus, who was then a twelve-year old boy, was in their company but having not found him in their company they returned to Jerusalem and found him sitting in the temple learning in the midst of doctors, hearing and asking them questions. They did not find him until three days past and when they found him they were surprised to see that all who heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. They were all amazed.

At this time Mary, as a human, and concern for him, asked Jesus why he dealt with them in that way and said she and Joseph were seeking for him with sorrow. (Luke 2:44-48) It is at that time that Jesus replied to her saying, ”And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)

But when he was breathing his last on the cross having taken up on himself our sins, he said to his mother, ”Behold thy son” and to his disciple John, whom he loved he said ”Behold thy mother”.

Jesus fulfilled every responsibility that was given to him upon this earth before he died for our sake. He was buried and rose on the third day. Later, he ascended into heaven and seated on the right hand of the Majesty. He promised that all those who have accepted him as their savior will have everlasting life and be with him for ever and ever.