Jesus was not a deadbeat

Less than two weeks to 2019!! Are you pumped? I'm not. Kidding, Lol.

Today, my devotional talked a lot about the disciple "whom Jesus loved", whom everyone believes to be John. Now, every verse read today where John was mentioned, it's prefaced with "the disciple whom Jesus loved". The really interesting part of this is when we first met John in the Bible, his nickname was "son of thunder". There is a lot of speculation that "son of thunder" was in reference to his temperament: impetuous, headstrong, etc. But as we progress in studying the bible, and as John spent more time with Jesus, we notice a transformation in his behavior: gentility, love etc, He allowed Jesus to transform him. So now I'm thinking have I let God use difficult circumstances and people to transform my character? Honestly? The jury is still out on this.

Second, and this is the real reason for this post, I noticed something I never really noticed before in the Bible. So apparently, while Jesus was being crucified and led to the cross, near the cross, he made arrangements for his family. Y'all, this made me love Jesus even more, if that's possible. JESUS WAS NOT A DEADBEAT SON. Your religion or devotion to God should never be an excuse to ignore or treat your family bad. Hey! Except your family is abusive or toxic. I didn't say difficult, I said abusive or toxic, as in they could hurt you.

Anyway, Jesus was on the ultimate mission. THE ultimate mission. Yet while in pain, anguish, and suffering , he remembered to hand over his mom to his friend, "whom he loved" and of course trusted. He said to his mom, "Mom, here is your son now", and to John, "here is your mom now". And from that moment on, John took her into his home. Somehow John had transformed from headstrong, stubborn to a reliable and trusted friend that could be counted on to do the right thing.

"Standing near the cross where Jesus' mother, and his mother's sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, 'Dear woman, here is your son.' And he said to this disciple, 'Here is your mother.' And from then on this disciple took her into his home." John 19:25-26 (NLT)

Jesus' act really shows again his humanity. That's something people seldom pay attention to when reading the word; just his day-to-day regular way of being human. He took care of business; he was a stand up guy, you know.  I was telling M recently, that, a LOT of Christian guys can be 'weird' and that is for the lack of a worse better word. They focus so much on the "laws", on "spirituality", on performing righteousness, that they forget to just be... you know, decent human beings. Because in the end, Jesus, was a loving, decent, stand up son, who cared. I love Jesus!



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