John 19:25-27 (KJV)
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 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.
What I have come to find out is that…
People are complex and at the same time, and at the same time we are simple. We all have the same fundamental needs.
For instance the woman on the street, the woman behind the lunch counter, and the CEO, all want the same things out of life. They need food, shelter, clothing, love, and they need to feel like they belong, and like someone cares for them. We all want to feel like we matter to someone in this world. Every casket that comes into a church is full of someone who had hopes and dreams, and desires for the best life they had to offer. Their decisions and situations have lead them to happiness or sorrow. We are the same. Some us have been able to become more of what God wanted us to be.
Life can be overwhelming. Things happen to us that are sometimes beyond our control. We have challenges that are too big for us to meet, and we don’t have solutions for all of our problems; sometimes our best efforts leave us in a place of terrible pain and disappointment.
We all know a thing or two about unfinished business…it is those things that you must take care of before you do anything else. Above, we see one of the last seven sacrificial and guiding actions of Jesus..his final human example and pronouncement to us.
Jesus was tying up loose ends.
At the cross, we met with Jesus in his final hours sharing with us a few words before the completion of his earthly assignment. Jesus is sharing some words with us, that we can take and learn from, a word from the Lord to those on-lookers whether they knew Him,, loved him, or couldn’t stand his guts, or his ministry.
As we enter into this story, Jesus is on the cross…dying. Two acts completed..
Jesus extended forgiveness, answered the call for salvation, but then He saw his mother.
Some of them probably heard, but they didn’t understand. Jesus said He was going, and that His time here was limited, but they didn’t understand. In their minds, this wasn’t how it was supposed to happen…they had plans…
In this hour, Jesus saw and knew their pain, as it probably looked like the same as the
pain and disbelief in the eyes of Martha and Mary as they met Jesus on the road after the death of Lazarus, with the reality of a hopeless death of their brother. With nothing to blame other than the injustice and unfairness of life. God sees an opportunity to create comfort in the midst of pain, peace in the midst of a storm.
WE have a Seeing God! No matter what you are going through, never forget this. There is someone who can always SEE you and who understands your pain, and His name is Jessus!
There was something about Jesus stopping to SEE, what was happening. He stopped, because upon seeing His mother, and the disciple whom He loved – He knew He had some unfinished business. He didn’t just look the other way, He saw that something else was needed and necessary in order to finish the mission that He was assigned. It didn’t matter that He was on the cross, in the midst of dying, there was a matter that wasn’t quite finished.
Jesus does the same thing for each of us, He knows when there are loose ends in our life, He knows when He needs to handle us, and He knows when we need His help!
We have to remember that we serve the God in Psalm 121:4, He is the one that watches over Israel, and He doesn’t sleep or slumber.
God knows our needs, He loves us and He cares for us, He walks alongside us and supports us, not once in a while for our whole life. As His people, we need to remember we serve a God, who doesn’t sleep, doesn’t miss things, and who doesn’t make a mistake. He is watching over you, and He doesn’t believe in unfinished business!