Mary’s of the Bible 11

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Mary’s of the Bible – Day 11

John 19:26-27

When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Thought

Right up to the moment of His death, Jesus was caring for others. And He left clear instructions that Mary His mother was to go and live in John’s household. There is no reason given for this. And no mention of what had happened to Joseph. But John and Mary were the two most sensitive people among the followers of Jesus in the gospels, and would be suited very much to life together. Both of them had the very deep understanding of who Jesus is, all the miracles that He did as well as what He did at the cross and why He did it.

Reading John’s writings gives us a clue to his own personality. His 3 letters included towards the end of most Bibles, also address his readers as “Dear friends”. But in the older translations that is translated as “beloved”, which seems to me to have a much deeper meaning.

The fact that Jesus was asking John to care of Mary suggests that Joseph was no longer alive, or that his brothers and sisters were not as close to Jesus as His disciples. The last mention of Joseph is when they “lost” Jesus after a visit to Jerusalem.


Thank Jesus once more for who He was when He walked the earth, and who He still is today; caring for and healing the suffering in answer to our prayers.

Think today of anyone you know who has adopted children and pray for them, thanking God for their care of those who were not their own flesh and blood.

Read some of John’s writing to his “beloved friends” in the three short letters he wrote.

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