Holy Week Wednesday Morning Devotional

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Holy Week Wedensday Morning Devotional

April 13, 2022

“Family at the Cross”

John 19: 25 Now beside the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 So when Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

At the cross, we find Jesus’ dying thoughts turning to his mother.  She was there, of course, watching in torment as her son hangs limply above her head. We could spend a few moments considering the scene. A grieving mother watches as her son dies a slow and agonizing death.  A dying son looks down upon her tear-stained eyes knowing she will be without him for the first time in his earthly life, at least for a little while.  What thoughts may be coursing through Mary’s mind we cannot know.  We do know, even in death, Jesus regards and cares for His mother.

How important is the family?  Jesus’ word today tells us it is supremely important.  Jesus does not talk about the dictatorship of the Roman government as He dies.  He does not speak of all those who let Him down over the course of His earthly life.  He does not speak of the wealth He never amassed or the legacy He would impart to those who would follow.  Of all the people standing before Him to whom Jesus could have spoken words of comfort, the Bible records Him speaking to His mom. There are many things we could draw from this, but for today, let us think clearly about the parent-child relationship.

From Jesus’ words we can know the parent-child relationship is one of the most important relationships we have.  Throughout the scriptures, God uses this parent-child relationship to describe how He relates to us. We are His children. He calls us to relate to Him as Father.  When Jesus is describing how much and how well God loves us, He uses the imagery of the earthly father who knows how to be a good dad. “So if you, despite being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him,” (Matthew 7:11).  

Family is not always easy and it is hardly ever as clean-cut as the fairy tales we learned as children describe. The cross of Christ clarifies even as it crucifies. As those who follow in the way of Christ, we cannot easily sever these important relationships. We are called to care, to love, to be invested all the way, to never give up as mothers and fathers, as daughters and sons. Fickle friends may come and go, but faithful family is always worth the effort. As we close our time together, behold your mom, behold your dad.  Parents, behold your children.  God chose them to be yours in good times and in bad. Never give up on them. Never surrender them.

One of the worship songs that has come to have a great place in our shared worship life is the song, “I Speak Jesus.” Maybe today, as you read over the text, it might help you to pray for and with your family.

 

I just want to speak the name of Jesus

Over every heart and every mind

‘Cause I know there is peace within your presence, I speak Jesus

 

I just want to speak the name of Jesus

‘Til every dark addiction starts to break

Declaring there is hope and there is freedom, I speak Jesus

‘Cause your name is power, Your name is healing

Your name is life

Break every stronghold, Shine through the shadows

Burn like a fire

 

I just want to speak the name of Jesus

Over fear and all anxiety

To every soul held captive by depression, I speak Jesus

Your name is power, Your name is healing

Your name is life

Break every stronghold, Shine through the shadows

Burn like the fire

 

Shout Jesus from the mountains

And Jesus in the streets

Jesus in the darkness over every enemy

Jesus for my family

I speak the holy name

Jesus

 

Your name is power, Your name is healing

Your name is life

Break every stronghold, Shine through the shadows

Burn like a fire