Relationships Restored

Relationships Restored


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

What if you knew how long you were going to live? What if you knew the day when you would pass from this earth? What would you do? How would you live? What would you do differently?  You would probably concentrate on what was important wouldn’t you?

Jesus knew.  He had been predicting His impending death for quite some time, and He knew that hour was at hand.  Certainly He knew as He hung on the cross that death was right around the corner.  And I fully believe that even while He was on the cross He concentrated on what was important;  proclaiming forgiveness and the love of God, taking time to redeem a man who was lost and who was just minutes from hell until Jesus stepped in.  He took time to focus on other people and to focus on God, especially when He cried out “Father into your hands I commit my spirit.”  Jesus concentrated on what was important even as He hung on the cross. 

One of the things that was important was relationships.  He took time to make sure that His mother had a relationship with someone who would treat her like his own mother.  And He took time to make sure that one of his closest friends had a relationship that he could count on.  Jesus wanted to make sure that the disciple and His mother found comfort and love in the midst of their grief and loneliness. 

Relationships are important to Jesus.  He wants people to care about and love each other in the here and now.  That’s why He teaches the importance of love over and over again.  That’s why He teaches us to put others needs above our own, and that is why He not only teaches us to do that, He modeled that for us with the entirety of His life. 

Relationships are important to Jesus that is why He went to the cross so that our relationship with God could be restored first and foremost.  So that we could have our sins forgiven and so that we could become part of the Kingdom of God, part of the family of God. 

Relationships are important to Jesus, even our earthly relationships are important to Him.  Death puts those relationships on hold sometimes doesn’t it? It causes our relationships with people that we love to be temporarily halted.  Yet because Jesus went to the cross and triumphed over the cross, rising 3 days later from the dead, we too have the promise of resurrection.  We have the promise of eternal life, and so do our loved ones that have a relationship with Him.  Which means one day those relationships that are temporarily halted will be restored. 

Our relationships matter to Jesus and one day in a place called heaven many of those relationships will be restored, never to be lost again.  Isaiah 25:8 reminds us of the almost unbelievable promise, “and He will destroy death forever.”  There is coming a day when death will be destroyed and it will never claim our loved ones or us again.  Death will be destroyed and many of our relationships will be restored, Jesus made sure of it by going to the cross.  Our relationships are that important to Jesus.