Have Compassion for Others

When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” and from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27 HCSB

Before my father went into surgery to remove a brain tumor eight years ago, he asked me to take care of my mother if his surgery was unsuccessful. I reassured him that I would. The surgery left my father paralyzed on the left side of his body and just a few weeks later, he made the transition from this life to eternal life with his Heavenly Father. At that time my wife and I invited my mother to come live with us in our home. God has richly provided for her each and every need and ours as well.

Even though Jesus was suffering in pain on the cross, He selflessly thought of His mother. John never identifies himself directly in his Gospel. Here he identifies himself as “the disciple He loved”. Jesus, knowing that His mother needed someone to care for her, asked John to assume this responsibility. John then took her into his own home and cared for her.

Challenge: Jesus set the example of compassion that we should have for others. We honor Christ when we follow His example. Care for your family members and others you know that are in need.

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