Behold your Son, Behold your mother!

John 19: 26, “Jesus said to the disciple whom he loved, “Behold, your mother”, and to his mother he said, “Behold, your son.”

Jesus talks about his work all the time in Holy scripture.

Jesus says in John 5:17, “My father is always at his work to this very day and I too am working.” Jesus again said in John 4:34, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

What work Jesus was doing and what work he wants his disciples to continue as per his word, “You shall do greater works than I did.”

During Jesus’ ministry of this earth, the Kingdom of God was at the core of Jesus’ mission and his work on this earth. He has extended the same work to his disciples. Jesus’ work is twofold – Reconciliation and Delegation. Reconciliation of the lost to God, the father and delegation of Kingdom work to those who have been reconciled to God through the Son.

Reconciliation and delegation go together to spread the kingdom. When Jesus appeared to Paul (Saul), He reconciled Paul to God and at the same time delegated Ananias to go to Paul to heal him.

When the Lord appeared to Cornelius, He reconciled him to God with by saying, “Your prayers and the works of charity have come up as a memorial offering before God.” At the same time, He delegated Peter to go to Cornelius to preach the good news to him and his household.

Even on the cross, Jesus was busy doing reconciliation and delegation.

He reconciled the world to God, the father and delegated certain task to Mary and John. To John he said, “Behold, your mother.” and to Mary he said, “Behold, your Son.”

Reconciliation and delegation…

Those of us who have been reconciled to God through the Son have been delegated to the care of others. Lets bow down before the father pleading him to open our eyes to see where and to whom the Lord want us to go. The Lord will reveal the same way he revealed to Paul and Ananias, Cornelius and Peter, and John (Son) and Mother (Mary).

Father God, I thank you for the gift of salvation. Let your Holy Spirit guide me to go the right way to glorify your name. In Jesus name, Amen!

 

 

 

 

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In Acts 9,  Jesus appears to Paul when  he was on his way to Damascus. Encounter with the living Christ turned Paul, a persecutor of Church to a follower of Jesus Christ. In the same passage, Jesus appears to another disciple, whose name was Ananias and asked him to go to Paul and pray over him. Ananias was unwilling to go first but when the Lord revealed that Paul was a chosen vessel for the Kingdom, Ananias went.

Something similar happens in Acts 10 when an angel of the Lord appears to Cornelius with good news that his prayers and work of charity have come before the Lord as a memorial offering. The angel further asked Cornelius to send men for Peter who also received a message in a vision. But, unaware of the meaning of the vision, Peter said no to the Lord. Later on when the meaning was revealed to him, he got ready  to go to Cornelius’ house.

Both Ananias and Peter declined to obey at first. Ananias was hesitant for many reasons, first he was not expecting Jesus to ask him to pray for Paul – a persecutor of the Church. Then Ananias was aware of Paul’s intentions to come to Damascus to persecute and torture the believers. In response to Ananias concern, Jesus explained that Paul was a chosen vessel of God and then Ananias obeyed the Lord.

Peter knew that according to the law,  it was forbidden for the Jew to associate with gentiles. Therefore, to uphold the law and  in order to be counted righteous in the sight of the Lord, He declined at first to do something that his conscience (controlled by the law) didn’t approve. Later Peter also obeyed the Lord.

Ananias and Peter were walking with the Lord for a long time when they both received messages, but their initial response was NO.

The situation hasn’t changed a bit today. Those, who have been trying to follow the Lord and involved with ministry work, sometimes imitate Peter’s and Ananias’ initial responses when the Lord asks them to do something unconventional. We (experienced as we are) tend to form prejudices and biases and make our own standards to uphold our righteousness. We have favourites and  begin segregating people (subconsciously) on the basis of their walk with the Lord. We know but tend to  forget occasionally that every man is created for a special purpose and only God knows the right time and place to use that person. We may judge each other by their past, but God looks into the future and knows that there is hope for everyone.

Jesus knows this human weakness and he has provided us with a solution in John 12:6, “Where I am, my servant must also be there.”

Are we with the Lord right now? Is the so-called righteousness and knowledge of the Bible becoming hindrance to receive the fresh revelation from the Lord? Is there discrimination in subconscious mind based on people’s past, ethnicity or culture ? If yes, then the time has arrived for renewal…Let’s renew the habit of spending time with the Lord the way we first started. Lets refresh our first love with Christ and ask him to give more love for others. Lets just come on our knees and renew our covenant to follow Christ and work for his people.