Friday, March 1, 2013

Your Son, Your Mother: 7 Last Words on Life (3)

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John 19.25-27, with Exodus 20.12 and Psalm 87

Dad, speaking of mom’s needs, when facing serious cancer surgery
Jesus, care for mom from the cross

Last words for LIFE, for living
1. Father, forgive
2. Today, in Paradise
3. Behold your son, Behold your mother

John’s story telling:
plain, straightforward reporting of events
richly layered, intricately woven with metaphor and imagery
this story is about becoming family – part of Jesus’ family

Becoming Family: Weddings & Funerals
when families get together, only stories w/ Jesus’ mom (RE Brown):
John 2, wedding at Cana in Galilee
John 19, death of Jesus upon the cross

In both cases:
"My hour has not yet come", "from that hour"
"Water" (with John 19.34, "water and blood")
"Wine" (with John 19.29)

the Cross as Jesus’ wedding "hour" and "I do"
you and me as the one he loves

becoming family through marriage
new "mom" and "dad"

Becoming Family: Pregnancy & BirthJohn 16.21 (RE Brown), Jesus speaks of his death:
Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. 22 So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

In both cases:
Jesus’ death

the Cross as our moment of birth
Birth – original and new (John 3) – only comes through pain
the cross of Christ, and the cross that we bear

becoming family through birth

The New Family"Jesus’ mother" – NEVER NAMED in the gospel
"the beloved disciple" – NEVER NAMED in the gospel

Beloved = John, the Christian
Mother = Mary, Israel, Church,
"New" Eve (called "woman") (RE Brown)
Zion ("this one was born in Zion", Psalm 87) (RE Brown)

OR – the fact that they are not named may refer to the way we are profoundly bound to one another as family, even to people whom we do not yet know by name

"Behold", "revelatory" language (RE Brown)
"behold your son", "behold your mother"

Practical steps to living this last word1. small groups: family size, living room size

2. care:
The "why?" – my mother, my ...
Jesse’s honorary grand parents: "my dear Jesse"

3. welcoming the stranger:
mugging ministry!

Resources:Raymond E. Brown, The Gospel According to John XIII-XXI

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