Words From The Cross (Part 3)
"Woman, here is your son,".........."Here is your mother." (John 19:26-27).
I know something about you. You have parents! You have parents, I have parents, we all have parents. Here's the thing; the Bible is very specific about what we are called to do when it comes to our parents. We are called to honor them!
Reading these words from John's Gospel got me thinking about how I have honored my parents in my life. Sometimes I have been good at it and others times I have been not so good at honoring my parents. I would imagine it is the same for you. Some of you grew up in environments were your parents abused you. Others grew up with one or both parents being absent from their life. As I think about these situations and the heartache associated with them, I wonder how one can be obedient to the call of honoring our father and mother. This begs the question, what does it mean to honor your parents. By the example of Jesus, we see that honoring our parents is ensuring they are provided for. But, I wonder if honoring your parents goes further than this. Perhaps honoring your parents includes companionship, you spending time with them. Maybe honoring your parents is saying "thank you", showing gratitude for loving you during those times that your weren't lovable. And maybe, just maybe, honoring your parents means forgiving them for the hurt they caused you, forgiving them for abandoning you, or forgiving them during those times they weren't lovable. The 5th commandment (Exodus 20:12) tells us to honor our father and mother. Jesus, dying on the cross, is obedient to the call of honoring father and mother; "Woman, here is your son,".........."Here is your mother." One of Jesus' final acts was to ensure His mother was cared for.
"Woman, here is your son,".........."Here is your mother." These words remind us that we are all called to care for those He cares for as if they are our own family. The Apostle John models the behavior for us and shows how disciples of Jesus follow in His steps and adopt His concerns as their own. This week, whether it be a difficult member of your family, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a stranger; how can you care for them? How can you honor them?