In John 19:17-27, Jesus’s crucifixion began.
As was common, he was forced to carry his cross to Golgotha to be crucified. This public procession was done in order to draw a crowd to witness the deaths of criminals, and Jesus’s crucifixion was treated no differently.
It was also common for the guilty person to wear a nameplate around their neck as they bared their cross that told who they were and what crime they were guilty of. Then once crucified, the nameplate was attached to the cross for all to see. On Jesus’s nameplate, Pilate wrote, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” Pilate really wanted everyone to read it because he wrote it in multiple languages for all to understand.
The chief priests were upset by this and wanted it changed because they did not see Jesus as their King. But what else could Pilate have written since Jesus committed no crime? He was literally being crucified because the chief priests were angry that he called himself the Son of God, equating himself with God.
As Jesus hung on the cross, one of the most excruciating punishments to ever exist, his love and care for others remained an integral part of who he was. When he saw his mom and the apostle John, he called out to them, “‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:26-27). Until the very end, Jesus made sure his mother was taken care of, and he entrusted her to “the disciple whom he loved.” I love this because it shows that Jesus is always caring. No matter what is going on, Jesus has got you and will make sure you are taken care of.
As a side note, Jesus had siblings so it is curious as to why Jesus would task John with Mary’s well being rather than one of his siblings.
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