The Chester Beatty Library in Ireland has a collection of ancient Bible pages. One very small fragment is a portion of John 19. This piece of John’s gospel describes the moment, as Jesus was being crucified, when He spoke to His mother in a display of love and concern for her. The words are from verse 26, where we read, “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ ”

As I stared at that ancient fragment, it struck me afresh how real Jesus’ love was for His mother and friend. With clear words He let the world know of His love and affection. He wanted to ensure that His mother was cared for by His friend John when He was gone. Hanging on the cross, Jesus said to John, “ ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home” (v.27).

Mother’s Day this year would be a wonderful time to show real love to your mum, if you still have her—or to give thanks to the Lord for her if she is no longer with you. Copy Jesus’ humble attitude of love and tell her that you care!

Real love is active, not passive.


Bill Crowder


Our Daily Bread