Love trusts because love is trustworthy. The highest trust always arises out of love.
John 19:26 – When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, who He loved, He saith unto His mother, behold thy son!
Again today we consider the love and heroism of Jesus on the Cross. He hung there, knowing He was about to go where no man had ever gone and returned. Others had gone there, but none had returned. But He would. In all His suffering and torment, it was what He knew that sustained Him, NOT what He felt.
Looking down from the Cross, Jesus saw three women and one man He clearly recognized. He saw Mary Magdalene, Mary, the wife of Cleophas, and Mary, His mother. He also saw John, His disciple, Peter’s brother. In that moment, He did two things. He committed the care of His mother to John, and He laid the responsibility for it on John. In is keenly interesting here that He committed His mother into the hands of the man who was called, “the disciple Jesus loved.” Obviously, Jesus loved all His disciples, so why would John be so labeled?
First of all, who wrote these words? Who was it that labeled John “the disciple Jesus loved?” It was John himself. Can you imagine what was going on in John’s heart and mind? He KNEW Jesus loved him. you could not convince him otherwise. Judas forgot it and hung himself. Peter forgot it and denied Jesus three times. Others forgot it and fled from His presence in the heat of the battles. But John KNEW.
He loved Jesus because Jesus first loved him. And it was to that love that Jesus, in His great love, committed the care of His mother. Of course, that is Who Jesus was. He was all about love. And what He did was about love. And what He said was all about love. And that, my friend, is what makes Him the greatest hero. For Jesus, it’s all about love. Without faith you cannot please God, but since faith works by love, it’s all about love. The love of God is to keep Him commandments, so for faith to work, we must keep His commandments. It’s all about love. And we love Him because He first loved us. So, so one more time I commit this statement; IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE!
Manna for Today – John 19:16-27; John 20:2; John 21:7; John13:23; 1 Corinthians 13; John 14:15-17; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 John 5:3