Encounters at the Cross: Mary & John

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John 19:25-27 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 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.

A NEW FAMILY The cross of Christ redefines old concepts in new ways.

LIFE-GIVING RELATIONSHIPS Transparent, truthful relationships in God’s family are the key to a thriving faith.

1 John 3:13-14 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.

GETTING PAST “ME” More life is found in focusing on others than on focusing on ourselves.

Hebrews 10:25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

“Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” —Dag Hammarskjold, The Second Secretary-General of the United Nations

WIDEN YOUR CIRCLE Love thrives in a multiplicity of relationships.

BOTTOM LINE: Christ calls us closer to each other at the cross.

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