(Ezra 1, 2, John 19:23-42)

26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26-27)

In His final moments, Jesus, hanging, suffocating, still fulfills all things. As a firstborn son, His responsibility was to care for His mother. That command Moses had brought down from the mountain, etched by the finger of God, was also written on the heart of Jesus: “Children, honor your parents…” And there, even at the end, Jesus was a faithful witness, the firstborn Son.

Standing at the foot of the cross, the prophetic word given to Mary by Gabriel when Christ was conceived, 33 years previous, must have been running through her mind. The interpretation, for which she had hoped, dashed against the foot of the cross. Misunderstanding became almost insurmountable as she watched her son take his final breaths. And yet, the word was being fulfilled. And yet, the prophecy was playing out precisely as Gabriel had announced all those years ago. Jesus, even unto death, was a good son to His heavenly Father, but He was also a good son to His earthly mother.

Jesus is wholly and utterly faithful. He leaves nothing undone. Though we may forget, Jesus will never forget. He will never forsake. He has been tested and found worthy. All glory to God!