Creating a Family!!
“Dear Woman, here is your son.” – John 19:26
-When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
(John 19:26-27 NKJV)
In this 3rd word Jesus, on the cross, is both affirming the family and establishing a new, bigger family made up of His disciples (the church) – a place where the cross connects us in bonds deeper than blood! We want and desire all those who are held to us by birth to experience the new birth and come into the greater family of God, the family that Jesus called the church.We are not meant to go through this life alone trying to find our way. We are meant to do it together with a family that was created on the cross and is meant to be closer than any other relationship we may have. The church was created to be our eternal family starting now!!!
- But He answered and said to the one who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother." (-Matt 12:48-50 NKJV)
At the foot of the cross Jesus transforms the Me into the We!! All are welcome here, "Whosoever believes in Me." He beckons the broken, the used and abused, the proud and the penitent, He isn't looking for the have it all together and ready to go people, in fact He never looked for them, He wants us broken before Him just as we are and surrendered to Him! As Jesus suffers in His aloneness He creates a family!! This is the center of the statements – the crossbeam of Christianity rests here!