Last words are always important, but surely there can be no last words as significant as those of Jesus on the cross. In these final cries, the humanity and holiness of Christ are there for all to see. This is no deathbed confession. This is a heart full of love reaching out to all suffering humanity.

Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson

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Corresponding Scripture:

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.”[a]

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he lovedstanding nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

St. John 19:23-27 (Common English Bible)
March 8, 2020: Dear Woman, Here Is Your Son…Here Is Your Mother