Jesus interceding for those “who know not what they do” and announcing assurance are examples of Jesus’ deity.
The Apostle John, the one Jesus was closest to, wrote:
9 But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.” 1 John 1:9 NCV
Compassion and Humanity
With the third statement from the cross, Jesus demonstrates His compassion and humanity, a contrast to His deity.
25 Standing near his cross were Jesus’ mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the follower he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the follower, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, the follower took her to live in his home. (John 19:25-27, NCV)
Jesus’ expression of concern for Mary was beyond that of a Savior. His expression demonstrates compassion as a son would have for his mother. This act demonstrates Jesus not only cares for His mother Mary, but also for our well-being and direction in life, even if we do not understand God’s plan. Jesus call us His friend (John 15:9-15). As friends of Christ, we should demonstrate a similar compassion of others on His behalf.
Have you experienced the compassion and humanity of Jesus? Is Jesus your friend? He is mine. To be continued…
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