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. (John 19:26-27 NIV)
A dying person’s final words are often about ensuring that their loved ones are being taken care of after they are gone. Jesus was no different. As He hung on that cross, He looked down on His precious mother, Mary, a widow, and entrusted her to the care of His beloved disciple, John. Jesus didn’t neglect His mother and neither would John from that day on. He honoured Jesus’ dying wish and took Mary into his home. It’s only after leaving Mary in good hands that Jesus was ready to go. “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (vv.28-30). Jesus loved the world He came to save, but He also loved the woman who brought Him into the world.