Saturday, March 22, 2008

Love on a Friday afternoon

But there were standing by the cross of Jesus
his mother,
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus therefore saw his mother,
and the disciple standing by,
whom he loved,
he saith unto his mother,
thy son!
Then saith he to the disciple,
thy mother!
And from that hour the disciple took her unto his own home.

John 19:25-27 RV

Jesus last act before his death is to make sure his Mother will be looked after.
This a huge reminder to us all. While Jesus was the Son of God, he was also the Son of Mary.

It really is fascinating that the Gospel with the highest Christology, has Christ's last act before his death being something so human.
This is easily answered by the fact that John also has the largest "love" count of all the Gospels: Matthew 16, Mark 8, Luke 18, John 57.

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
John 3:16 RV

God is love
1 John 4:8 RV


It is finished:
and he bowed his head,
and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30 RV

I suppose I am really avoiding the main point of Good Friday here.
After the gentle, tender sadness of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday is a definite descent into darkness.
The Crucifixion of Christ seems something I am not ready to write about.

and they took Jesus and led him away,
and bearing his cross,
he went forth to the place called Place of a Skull,
which is called in Hebrew Golgotha;
where they crucified him,
and with him two others,
on this side,
and on that side,
and Jesus in the midst.

John 19:16-18 YLT

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