from the Cross
your son! ... Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19:26,27)
words uttered by Jesus as He was in the flood of blood have a deep
meaning. He knew that His beloved disciple John, who followed Him upto the
Cross, was the person to whom He could commit His mother to be cared for
till the end. He also knew that His mother would be a great comfort to
John who would be grieving the death of His Master.
Jesus spoke to His mother from the Cross, I believe, He was reflecting
God's greatest concern for each family. Family is God's basic unit in
creation. Family is God's eternal idea. The Church is called a family. In
Heaven also we will be called a family with God as our Father, His Son as
our Bridegroom, and His Spirit as our Helper!
God is interested in the salvation of the entire family when one of its
members believes on Him is seen all through the Scripture. God saved Noah
with his household. God spared both Rahab and her family in judgement. At
the doorstep of Zacchaeus' house Jesus declared, "Today salvation has
come to this house." The Philippian jailor asked a question in
singular: "What must I do to be saved?" The answer was in
plural: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; you will be saved and your
does not mean that individuals are not directly accountable to God. All
souls have equal privilege and responsibility. When an individual believes
on Christ, he has all the promises of God to claim as a child of God for
the blessing of his entire family. He must do all that's possible to bring
the entire family to the Cross. The family is his first congregation. Then
God will fulfil Acts 16:31 for him.
the parents have equal responsibility in leading the children to Christ.
In fact, the responsibility is more on fathers! "My son, hear the
instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your
mother" (Prov 1:8). Note that the father comes first! God's great
commendation about Abraham was, "I have known him, in order that he
may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the
way of the Lord" (Gen 18:19). He was a good father at home and so God
promoted him to be the father of all those who believe!
man or woman ever had a nobler challenge or a higher privilege than
bring up a child for God, and whenever we slight that privilege
neglect that ministry for anything else,
live to mourn it in heartache and grief.