John 19:26-27 "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."
It’s amazing that in the midst of excruciating pain Jesus shows compassion toward others. He is concerned for his mother and for his disciple, John. He wants to make sure they are going to be ok. What a Savior!
As I meditated upon this passage this morning and tried to view the scene through the eyes of each character my mind kept coming back to John. Jesus has given him a tremendous responsibility - caring for his mother. John is being asked by Jesus to set aside his own personal struggles in order to care for another. John is grieving the death of Jesus, his friend. John is fearful because he may be the next one the Romans crucify. John is understandably discouraged because he had forsaken all to follow Jesus and now he’s dead. In the midst of his pain, John is asked to show compassion toward someone he's only known for a few years and most likely only met a handful of times. He takes her into his home and cares for her as he would have his own mother.
Jesus desires us to show the same type of care and compassion toward those around us who are hurting. In a very real sense we are to be our brothers keeper. We all have nagging issues that plague us throughout life. Our problems can easily cause us to become hyper-focused on self. In the midst of our own pain, Jesus wants us to concern ourselves with the pain of others. Show compassion toward a family member who’s hurting. Show compassion toward a brother, or sister, in Christ who is experiencing hard times. Show compassion toward a fellow human being who has been forgotten by society. Move past your pain (or sometimes comfort) and enter into the pain of another. Will you be burdened? Probably. Will you be inconvenienced? No doubt. Will they sometimes reject your concern and frustrate you? Most likely. Will you be blessed beyond measure? ABSOLUTELY!