Family

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Jesus’ mother and aunt were amongst the crowd watching him suffer. For Mary, that Friday brought a Mother’s worse nightmare – the loss of her child.  Just as every birth happens in the context of a family, so every death affects far more than just the person who dies; family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

The loss of a family member changes everything. In the middle of his darkest hour, Jesus saw how his death was going to leave his mother and his friends bereft.  So he welded them together into a new family.

We can’t avoid loss.  It’s a huge part of family life.  But we can open our families to include those who have lost the people closest to them – parents, children, lovers and friends.

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John 19: 25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, 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 into his home.

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.

John 19: 25-27

Jesus’ mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her. He said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that moment the disciple accepted her as his own mother.

John 19: 25-27

So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag′dalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, 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.

Application

When a family loses a loved one, it can change everything, and can create huge insecurities and life-change. Christians look after one another, even if inconvenienced, because it is the loving thing to do. Are you aware of anyone who you could help adjust to life without someone they have deeply loved and now greatly miss?

Questions

What does family mean to you?

Do you have to be a blood relation to be part of a family?

Why do you think Jesus said what he did?

What experience do you have of families excluding people, or including people?

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