A favorite Christmas Hymn is “Mary Did You Know?” I wonder as Mary has a front row seat for His crucifixion did she know? As a mother, I cannot fathom the pain, the deep sorrow Mary must have felt at that moment. For a brief moment was she angry with God?
Mary had bore the shame of being pregnant before marriage, she had withstood the whispers of His birth, because of the promise that her son would save the world. She had held onto the promises spoken over Him. But this? This was more than any woman should have to bear – to see you your innocent son, your first born, your miracle baby, your child of promise face the indignities, the cruelty, the shame of the cross.
Mary’s heart must have been broken. It must have ached with pain and sorrow.
But at that moment, Jesus full of compassion, in the middle of His suffering sees His mom. He felt her pain and instructs His disciple to comfort His mom, to care for her. Even in His dying He was concerned for others. Perhaps His instruction to His mom was to get her to take her eyes off this seemingly defeat and to behold the new day ahead. Mary may not have known but Jesus knew the cross was not the end. Jesus knew a resurrection was coming.
Perhaps, like Mary, you cannot see what God is currently doing in your situation. Maybe you are thinking about the promises God has given you and wondering where is God? Does your current situation seem like the end? Know Jesus sees you as He saw Mary. The Holy Spirit is there to comfort you and Jesus wants you to behold, to see the provision He has already provided. Your circumstance may seem like the end but hold on, a resurrection is coming!
But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. (John 19:25b-27 NASB)