Many people have contemplated Mary’s perspective regarding the birth of the Savior. After all, verses are dedicated to her thoughts and feelings in response to His arrival, but what about when her son, the promised Messiah of the world, was beaten and hung from a tree? What was she pondering in her heart in those bleak hours as she looked up to see her suffering son?
Even though Jesus could barely take a breath, He tenderly considered the pain and loneliness of his mother and spoke to her and one of his closest disciples, John.
“While the soldiers were looking after themselves, Jesus’ mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her. He said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that moment the disciple accepted her as his own mother” (John 19:25-27 MSG).
As a mother, I can’t even imagine the heart-clenching horror of watching your firstborn child die such an agonizing death. Also, as a Jew, what was Mary wondering about her son? Did she understand why He was offering Himself as an atoning sacrifice? Did she “get it” in ways the disciples hadn’t? Or, like many, was she questioning if she’d gotten it all wrong. How long had it been since she’d heard from an angel? Did she still believe? Was it all a dream–a horrible nightmare? Did God get bested? Who was winning that day? It certainly didn’t feel like it was God’s Way.
Around Easter every year, I talk to the kids about Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and I ask them…Why was it “good”?
Because He took our death and punishment and saved us so we could be with Him forever. “But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! “(Is. 53:5). He became the curse for us (Gal. 3:13) because all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory and are subject to death, but the gift of God’s sacrifice is eternal life for us! (Romans 6:23).
Because Jesus bled and died, I and my children and their children and on…can live in redemptive hope. Glorious Good News Indeed!