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Summary: lessons learned from the words of affection uttered on the cross: sacred pattern; simple principle; solemn privilege

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Words Of Affection

John 19:17-27

The third word from the cross presents us with one of the tenderest scenes to be observed on the day Christ was crucified. Here are words of affection.

Mary is at the cross where Jesus is being crucified. This was without question her most difficult moment as the mother of Jesus. There at the cross she watches her son dying an agonizing and shameful . She has decided to watch him until the end. Others have left, not willing to watch the horror of it all. But Mary and a few others (spiritual must not ignore the responsibilities ople nature. remain steadfast in their vigil.

Now the spoil of soldiers was a dying man’s garments. His outer garment was simply torn into four pieces. John 19:24 tells us that the soldiers did not want to divide his coat (tunic - inner garment) into four pieces because it would have destroyed its value. As a result, they rolled the dice to see who would end up with it. Imagine with me what this scene must have looked like to Jesus. As He looked down past his y feet He observed common soldiers playing their part in the world’s most uncommon drama. As far as they’re concerned, its just another day, and He’s just another criminal.

It is no coincidence that the soldiers divided up His belongings and gambled for his clothes. This was a predictive prophecy from Psalm 22:18 and is quoted in John 19:24, “They parted my raiment among them and for my vestue they did cast lots.”

According to tradition, His mother gave this undergarment to Jesus. This was something that mothers normally gave their sons when they left home. If this is true, then there seems to be a connection between what the soldiers were doing and the third shout from the Savior. Right after we are told that they cast lots, the Lord speaks to his mother.

Why now? She’s been there all along, watching and weeping. His outer garments were insignificant. But when they touched the tunic, they touched something very near to His heart—the garment made for Him by His mother.

I. Here we observe a sacred pattern

Here is an example for children to follow in honoring their parents. The Lord Jesus evidenced His perfection in the manner in which he fully discharged the obligations of every relationship that he sustained, either to God or man. On the cross we behold his tender care and concern for his mother. We have the pattern of Jesus Christ presented to all children for their imitation.

The words which the finger of God engraved on the two tables of stone, and which were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, have never been repealed. The words of Exodus 20:12 are reiterated in Ephesians 6:1-3: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it maybe well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the earth."

The commandment for children to honor their parents goes far beyond just obedience to their expressed will though, of course, it includes that. It embraces love and affection, gratitude and respect.


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