About 8 feet on the foot of calvary, that’s how high the stake or cross where Jesus hung was. At this point Yeshua/Jesus had impaired vision as a result of the severe loss of blood from the piercings on his feet and hands. To worsen the situation for the suffering servant, people down below yelled at him and showed no sympathy to his agony. Yet he decided to scan through the crowd, and guess what? There was his mother, Mrs. Mary Joseph now about 50 years of age, weeping uncontrollably and refusing to be comforted as she continued to see her son suffer and she couldn’t help!
There was also Mary Magdalene who was so dear to Yeshua and also Mrs. Salome Zebedee. This woman was not just a friend of Jesus mother but she had a special place in the heart of Jesus. It was this Salome that was not only happy that her two sons quit their jobs and followed Yeshua, she also personally met Jesus, bowed to him, and requested that her two sons occupy a special position in the kingdom of God that Jesus preached would be established on earth soon Matt 20:20-23. In fact to Mrs. Salome’s credit, she raised two great men who would become the two most important apostles. Her son James or Yaakob in Hebrew was the first apostle to die Acts 12:2. Her other son John or Yochana was the disciple Jesus loved and confided in the most. He was the last to die. Jesus relationship with these 2 men was so special that he nicknamed both of them Boarneges or ụmụ egbe eluigwe that is sons of thunder! Mark 3:17
John was also there watching his master and friend die! John was that disciple that understood Jesus more than others. His Gospel is a testimony to his intelligence as a man and also as a vessel used to convey an important mystery in clear terms. John was the disciple that stood steadfast till the end. As Jesus was being tried, John used his influence as the relative or acquaintance of Caiaphas the high priest to lobby himself right into the scene. He even smuggled in Peter to watch for himself but unfortunately Peter betrayed Jesus at same spot. John 18:15-17. John stood with Jesus till the end and when Jesus ascended to heaven, he invited John to heaven in spirit and gave him the greatest revelation any mortal has ever received which we know as the book of Revelation today.
As Jesus hung on that stake, he continued to lose more blood but yet that sight of his helpless Mum was the most heart breaking for him. Joseph the husband of Mary was already dead at this time according to tradition. Yeshua was everything to her. She, like other disciples never fully understood the horrific pain and death Jesus, her son would pass through. Nothing indeed is like mother’s love. Was this what Simeon the man of God prophecied to her 33 years earlier when he said to her “indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul too”? Luke 2:35
I can not completely describe this scene but as Jesus continued to look at this gathering of those that loved him, his eyes and that of his mother struck and from that height, Yeshua exclaimed “Woman, look, here is your son!” They were all startled at what message Jesus was trying to pass. Jesus who could no longer make use of his hands turned his head to John the beloved and told him “look! Here is your mother!”. The message was clear and clear enough! Jesus wanted to make sure his mother was safe after his death so he committed her to the care of John! From that time, Mary moved to John’s house (John 19:26-23) and continued to stay with him until she fell asleep, waiting for that glorious resurrection morn, when her son will raise up not just her but all those who love the appearing of Yeshua the anointed one of God, amen. Jesus spoke only two more sentences after this before he died. They are “I am thirsty” and “It is finished!”.
Such is only a glimpse of the sufferings of the Christ. It is hard to understand and communicate the value of the blood shed to redeem us, it can not even be measured or quantified in monetary terms or anything of value. Apostle Peter, an eye witness of all these wrote:
1Pe 1:18-23 ISV 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things like silver or gold that you have been ransomed from the worthless way of life handed down to you by your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of the Messiah, like that of a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 On the one hand, he was foreknown before the creation of the world, but on the other hand, he was revealed at the end of time for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Now that you have obeyed the truth and have purified your souls to love your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a pure heart. 23 For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish—by the living and everlasting word of God.
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