“Please Help My Son!” (John 19:25-27)

“Your grandmother really hustled for me when I started my practice.” My father wistfully looked at his dental office. “We had no patients and you were just born. We all had to stay with her while we got our feet on the ground. Everyday she would go around and ask her friends, ‘Please help my son!’ “

“Wow.” I pictured my grandmother catching the bus and visiting her friends throughout Honolulu. A strong woman, she raised five children alone, supporting the family as a barber, while my grandfather fought for the United States Army during WWII. 

“Yes, she helped me get started. We all owe so much to her.”

I was in my teens when my father shared this story with me. I was proud of the unswerving devotion my grandmother showed to her son. What parent would not do the same for their own children? My two children are now adults but if they ever have a need, I know that both my wife and myself would not hesitate to assist either of them in any way possible. But what would I do if everything I did for my children was of no avail? What if my children were in a situation when I could not help them? The Bible shares this tender moment between Jesus Christ and His mother at the Cross.

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. 

John 19:25-27 (NLT)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, stood at the foot of the Cross. How could any parent bear the agony of seeing their own child tortured and executed? Did she cry out? Did she plead for mercy? No. There was nothing she could do for Him. She suffered in silence. It was Jesus, God Incarnate, who spoke to her. He knew the pain in her heart and reached out to her by having His beloved disciple John become her adopted son and care for her for the rest of her life. 

When we can do no more than is humanly possible for our children, God will take over. But we do not have to wait until we have exhausted all of our resources. If we have trusted in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He is able to exceedingly abundantly accomplish more than we might ever think or ask! He promises to care for us and those whom we love by His grace and mercy.

Praise the Almighty Living God!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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