Sermon: “Behold, Your Mother!” (John 19:16b–27)
When the Son of God came into this world, he set aside the riches, glory, and joy in which he had delighted from all eternity past. Instead of riches, Jesus plunged himself into poverty. Instead of glory, Jesus embraced an estate of humiliation. Instead of joy, Jesus became the Lord’s suffering servant. From the beginning of his life to the end, Jesus endured what theologians call his “passive obedience”—that is, Jesus faithfully endured lifelong suffering (cf. Heb. 5:8–10).
Certainly, Jesus experiences the most acute form of suffering at the cross as he endured the physical of crucifixion and the spiritual agonies of the curse of God against our sin. In John 19:16b–27, we also see that Jesus had to experience the suffering of losing every remaining blessing in his life: To gain his heavenly kingdom, Jesus must give up every worldly good.