He of everything took heed
In his hour of dying
Caring for His mother’s need,
On His friend relying.
O man, do all things aright
Love God and thy neighbor,
Die then without pain and fright
Rest from care and labor. 
“When Jesus saw His mother, there and the disciple whom He loved, standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on this disciple took her into his home.” – John 19:23-27
Hanging on a cross, suspended between earth and heaven Jesus bore our sins in His body. In the midst of His cruel agony He provided for His mother’s care.
Here is evidence of a clear conscience; not based on what we do but rather on what Christ has finished. Our salvation is complete. We can rest in peace because our Father is at peace with Jesus’ work. At the cross and empty tomb Christ’s mission was accomplished!
Jesus showing compassion and care for His mother and His dear disciple has shown us how we too must act. Of the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross half of His last words are concerned with others. May His words and actions so move us to will and to do His good pleasure.
O Lord our God, You sustained Your people in the wilderness with bread from heaven: Feed now Your pilgrim flock with the food that endures to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen ___________
1. Image: The Crucifixion, Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS for personal and congregational use
2. Choral from Bach’s St. John Passion
3. Collect for Wednesday of Lent 4, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm