Jesus’ most tender word from the cross is to Mary; perhaps his most challenging is to John. Behold. To both of them he says “behold,” a command meaning to look, see, and understand.
“Behold your son…behold your mother.” Behold my provision; behold your responsibility.
To Mary, Jesus is affirming his love for her. As the eldest son in the family, it is Jesus’ duty to provide for his mother in his earthly father’s absence. He entrusts her care to his dearest friend on earth, his beloved follower John.
To John, what an awesome responsibility this must be, that his friend, teacher, and Lord would give to him this duty as if Mary were his very own mother. If he never knew it before, John must realize it now: he really is one of the family. Jesus’ family.
Behold. Could there be any greater statement of the love of God than to be made part of the family?
PRAY Lord, when I behold you, help me to understand that you are the Son, and you have welcomed me into your family.