God tells a simple ordinary woman that she is to be the mother of the Son of God. Thirty-three years later that same ordinary woman lets that son go to his grisly death. Throughout Jesus’ life, Mary had many opportunities to deny her faith, to deny her God by refusing to do the things He asked of her. Instead, each time she responded in faith, sacrificing her fears and dreams to do the will of God.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary of Magdala. (John 19:25)
Read and Ponder: John 19: 25-27
At Jesus crucifixion, Mary’s noble bearing of her loneliness and heartache can give us comfort in our times of anguish and pain. She silently endured what she knew she could not change and realized she needed to be strong to help the remaining apostles in their continuing mission.
Mary stayed with Jesus when most of the others had abandoned Him. For her faith and love, Jesus rewarded her by entrusting her care to his beloved disciple, John. Her acceptance of God’s will at the foot of the cross in the greatest lesson Mary will give us.
Questions to Ponder:
- Would I so willingly accept God’s will in the face of such anguish and pain?
- Would I be willing to learn God’s lesson and share it with the world?
- Would I turn to God or away from God in my greatest need?”
Lord Jesus, make me more like your blessed Mother, Mary. Give me the courage to say, Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 (NAB)
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand