John 19:20 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS .
Today we are going to touch on two subjects:
First, the actual crucifixion: The walk to the cross was called Via Dolorosa, the way of sorrows. Clearly, by the name alone, it was not a happy journey. Christ had to carry his own heavy cross a good portion of the way, though he was already beaten brutally and weak from everything that had been done to him.
Once he was at Golgotha, the place of the skull, he was put on the cross then his clothes were taken and divided up between four men. (John 19:23-24). More humiliation!
Pilate then has a notice put up, that says, Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews. I am sure this is meant as a mockery of Christ however, it is really what He is. He is the king of the Jews from Nazareth. He is not only king of the Jews but king of all.
Through all this, they tell him to free himself if he is the Lord. But, that is not the ultimate goal of what is to be shown to anyone. Imagine how different this world would be if he decided, “I don’t want to do this,” and he asked to have this taken from Him. I doubt any of us can truly grasp everything that would be different in the world we now live in.
Let’s be thankful that He is Jesus of Nazareth and the King of the Jews.
The next subject is something that touched my heart when I read it:
John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
There are so many things to be talked about during this Easter season but for some reason these passages touched me. As he is dying, he notices his mother. He has great concern for her well being and makes sure she will be taken care of by telling a disciple that he is to take her into his home. From that point on, she will be assured of food, housing and care for the rest of her life and the disciple does it without question.
This is also a note to us, I feel, regarding our own parents and other family members. Christ gave his life for us and, with hHim , we will have all that is needed to sustain us until we are in glory with Him. But , in the process of us living our lives , we must never forget our parents loved ones. They gave up a lot for us, so what are you giving up for them? What we give up for them, we give up for Christ. The last thing any parent or relative would want is for us to give up our life for them. Surely, Mary felt the same but, He did it anyway. My thoughts more lead to what do we give in our time and energy to our parents or loved ones now?
Right now, I have to do a lot for my father and, in all honesty, it is wearing on me. Though I have two brothers, they do little to nothing to help in his care. But a couple days ago, I came to realize how blessed I am to still have him in my life and I took a step back to thank God for that and to stop whining about how much time he is taking up. He worked tirelessly when we were younger so we could have what we needed , not always our wants but, we never lacked food or shelter. Isn’t that what Christ has done for us? We may not always get what we want but, we certainly get what we need.
Are you a caregiver? Are you patient? Can you be like Jesus was, patient, loving and kind? Can you make sure your care is given with love and not anger or impatience? As I look again at those two passages it amazes me that Christ took time to notice what was needed and he took care of it. Imagine what he will do for you!
Lord, your love and kindness and care for us is evident. Please help us to be more aware of what you really do for us. Help us to see that you only want what’s good for us. Thank you for being there at all times and in all things. Amen