A tender word
Woman, behold your son!”
It was customary and appropriate for relatives and close friends to be allowed to go before the
person who was being hanged on the cross
They also took off their clothes to further humiliate them (19:23)
Jesus does not mean “Look at your Son”
He does not refer to Himself but to John
What did this mean to Mary?
1) A relationship broken
Jesus was breaking the human relationship between them
Jesus spoke only twice to His mother in the Gospels
He always referred to her as woman” not mother
Woman has a title of respect but not the same as mother
John 2:4, 19:26
Jesus makes it clear that He does not share in His deity with her
He is breaking the human (natural) relationship with her
to bring into effect the spiritual because Mary needed salvation too (Luke 1:39-55)
Mary lost her son and in the process of doing so, gained a Savior
What did this mean to John?
2) A responsibility bestowed
John was to take care of Mary as Jesus would and to look to her as a mother
Why didn’t He give such care to His half brothers?
Jesus came from a non-believing home (Matthew 12:46-50)
His mother and half-brothers thought He was crazy
He was telling John to be His substitute
Jesus was our substitute (Isaiah 53)
The just dying for the unjust
Jesus was asking John to substitute in His ministry to Mary
while Jesus was substituting for John in dying on the cross
He was doing something that John could never do
What does this mean to us?
We are to be a substitute
We are all to be His substitutes, to represent Jesus to all the world