What did Jesus see as He hung almost lifeless from the bloody cross? We know He was coherent because He spoke to John and asked him to take care of His mother. Did He notice the other disciples were MIA? Did He see Mary Magdalene screaming and weeping at his feet? She stood with Mary, mother of Jesus, and John among the sea of haters who quickly turned on Him.
I believe Jesus did see Mary Magdalene because He made His first appearance to her after the resurrection. The disciples were gathered in the upper room speculating their future when He appeared to Mary. Jesus saw her faithfulness during the hostile circumstances of the trial and crucifixion. On the third day she asked the guards for permission to anoint His body with oils and Jesus appeared to her and asked her to tell the disciples of His resurrection.
What a powerful message for us. Jesus will give us opportunities we can’t even fathom if we’re faithful to Him. Mary had no agenda or plan for her own success other than serving her Master and neither should we, but we should always be ready to step up when Jesus prompts us to do something for Him.
Let the cross be a reminder that no matter how bad things look to you, Jesus always has the best view. He sees your pain. He sees your frustration. He also sees your faithfulness and the future he has mapped out just for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
John Waller’s song, I Will Serve You While I’m Waiting, gives me so much strength. Download it and let this be your prayer to our wonderful Heavenly Father who loved us enough to die for us.
Know I’m Praying for You,