Posted by: William | May 15, 2008

Seven Sayings – Chapter Three

For more information on this edition of Reading Classics Together, swing by Challies.com or pick up the book, The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by Arthur W. Pink.

This week in Arthur Pink’s Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross Pink talked about Jesus’ “word of affection”. Namely John 19:25-27.

“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 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!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

The very first segment of this chapter was so powerful in its discussion of Mary standing by silently as Jesus was crucified. I shared that piece of the text earlier this week on Mother’s Day, so I won’t say too much today about the chapter. But there are a few things that I wanted to remark on.

Pink noted that in this picture, as throughout the rest of Jesus’ ministry leading up to this event, Joseph, Jesus’ legal father, is nowhere to be found. It can safely be speculated that he must have died some time before his ministry began. Mary was very much in the care of her son and that’s where the remarkable thing lies. Here’s Jesus, in the midst of doing the very thing that the whole world was created for. All of created history was in the midst of discovering its whole reason for being, its point, and Jesus sees fit to arrange temporal provisions for his mother.

Pink makes the point that we see the importance of honoring our parents in Jesus’ actions here. Regardless of how old we become, or how important our work is, there is always honor due to our parents and Jesus exemplifies that here.

To me, that is a remarkable thing—although I’m not yet sure what to actually do with it.

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