“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”
Who is Your Family?
Where does your mind go when you hear the word “family”? Do you picture a group of individuals who look like you? Or does your idea of the family unit seem to be more fractured? Is it perhaps a little more difficult for you to picture in your mind?
We all come to the table with a different image in our heads of who our family is. But here’s one thing we can be sure of in the Scriptures: The gospel has the power to revolutionize the family dynamic for us all. Through Christ, we have new family ties to one another. It’s the kind of bond that transcends even the most difficult of circumstances and seasons.
A Much-Broadened Scope
Jesus cares about family. He understands our need for community, unity, and intimacy. In fact, He broadened the scope of how we relate to one another in order to meet these needs. In today’s verses, we read how the Son of God creates new family ties between his own mother and John, the disciple whom he loved.
Knowing that He was about to be sentenced to death—yet also knowing the permanence of death was about to be forever changed—He called for his mother to be placed in the care of the man he trusted most to do this job well. Our call as Christ’s disciples is likewise to make sure that those around us are taken care of. We can know that we have family in Christ, regardless of what our earthly families and circumstances look like.
Known by Our Love
Just a few chapters before this one, Jesus told His followers, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). The ways we serve those who most need Christ’s love and the ways we receive it tell the greater story of His everlasting redemption.
The family we find in Jesus is one marked by safety, dignity, truth, and courage—all knit together in love by the One whose hand holds all things together, even us as the most broken of people. We are the ones Jesus loves, and this is how the body of Christ functions best. Do you know your place here within the body?
Consider the ways you relate to other believers. Are you connected with your brothers and sister here in the church? Are you a part of a group? Take the first step towards finding a place to give and receive love in the body of Christ. Speak with someone about finding your place of belonging as you engage in the new family ties found in Jesus’ love.