The Word of Affection

Word of Affection John 19:25-27

There’s so much we can learn of our Savior as we look at His sayings from the cross. We have seen much as we have looked at the first two sayings of Jesus from the cross.

We’ve looked at the word of Forgiveness and the word of Salvation. Today lets look at the third word of Jesus from the cross at Calvary. It is the word of Affection.

I. Take a look at the fulfillment of Simeon’s prophecy

Simeon blessed God for the privilege granted him. God allowed Simeon to live to see the Salvation of Israel. That Salvation is Jesus.

Simeon says to Mary of this days events. Luke 2:29-32. There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother. We can see and hear so little of Mary throughout the life of her son, Jesus.

As Mary stood at the cross, how did she look? What were her thoughts?

II. Take a look at the perfect man setting the example for children to follow.

The pattern of Jesus Christ presented to all children for their salvation.
The commandment of Jesus Christ for children to honor their parents. This embraces: LOVE—AFFECTION—GRATITUDE—RESPECT

It is too often assumed that the 5th commandment is addressed only to young people only.

In the last and awful hours of His human life, amid the infinite sufferings of the Cross,the Lord Jesus:

thought of her who loved Him
thought of her present necessities
thought of her future needs

Grown-up people: How are you treating your parents? Are you honoring them? Are you seeing that they are cared for?

Proverbs 23:22 Despise not thy mother when she is old.

Fail not to make provision for them. Honor thy father and thy mother.

III. Take a look and see John had returned to the Savior’s side

The Jews despised and rejected Jesus. That was bad enough but now even His disciples had deserted Him. “They all forsook Him and fled.” {Matt. 26:56}

The high priest asked Jesus of His disciples. {John 18:19} Is there anyone here today that has wandered away from the side of Jesus? No longer enjoying sweet communion with Jesus. Backslider!

May the power of God draw you back to Christ. Jesus did not rebuke John when he returned, rather, he accepted John. He will accept you.

IV. Take a look at an illustration of Christ’s careful actions

Christ was careful in His choice of placing His mother in the care of John, the beloved disciple. From the resurrection of Jesus, John took Mary unto his own home. John 19:27

V. Take a look at that spiritual insights must not ignore the responsibility of nature.

The Lord Jesus was dying as the Savior for sinners. He was offering satisfaction to the outraged justice of God. He was doing the work for which He came into this world to do.

He’s the Lamb of God taking on the sins of the world…….. Yet, He doesn’t overlook the responsibilities of making provision for His mother.

No duty, no work can excuse us from caring for our parents.

VI. Take a look at a universal need exemplified

At the death of Jesus, Mary is found before the Cross. The Word of God presents the mother of Jesus as one who herself rejoiced in a Savior. She was human, a real member of the fallen race, a sinner in need of a Savior.

“Woman behold thy son.” expresses the need of every one.

to turn the eye away from the world
to turn the eye off from self
to look by faith to the Savior
Deliverance from God’s wrath
Forgiveness of sin
acceptance with God

All by “Beholding.”

VII. Take a look at the marvelous blending of Christ’s perfections

The Word made Flesh, — making atonement for all — Fighting with the powers of darkness.

Praise God for salvation and for the affection of Jesus. Not only to His mother but to you and I.

Do you need to feel His affection today? Do you need to come back to God?


About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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