Reflections on the Cross of Christ
40 Days of Prayers & Devotions
Section 4: The Seven Sayings of Christ on the Cross
Day 21 The Third Saying of Christ on the Cross - Part 1
“When Mary was a young woman, God called her to be the mother of Jesus. Being chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah was the greatest honour ever given to a human being. However, with that honour also came great trials and heartache.”
“Being Jesus’ mother brought great joy to Mary, but her heart was filled with great sorrow when she beheld her Son beaten, bloodied, crucified, and dying on the cross.”
“We also see a mother’s love revealed at the cross. Christ’s disciples had deserted Him, and His nation was rejecting Him and calling for His death. Yet, His mother stood by Him as He hung on the cross.”
“Christ’s words in this third saying from the cross also reveal His love for and honour of His mother.”
“In this, Jesus’ third saying on the cross, we see Him addressing His mother as “woman.” This was a respectful term of address. He held His mother in great esteem - so much so that even at the most difficult time in His life, when He hung on the cross, He was concerned enough about her future to provide for her care.”
- God to fill you with the Holy Spirit.
- God to reveal to you how He wants you to honour your parents.
- God to give you the faith to trust Him during difficult times.
- Those on your prayer list.
John 19:25-27 NLT
25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
Luke 2:34, 35 NLT
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Acts 14:22 NLT
22 where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
Romans 8:28 NLT
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
James 1:2-4 NLT
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Exodus 20:12 NLT
12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Proverbs 23:22 NLT
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
Ephesians 6:1-4 NLT
1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Excerpts are taken from “40 Days: Prayers and Devotions Reflecting on the Cross of Christ” by Dennis Edwin Smith