Bible Insights: John 19

Where is Joseph on Good Friday? We hear about Mary, but never hear about Joseph? What does Mary’s appearance at the cross teach us about Jesus’ love.

Bible Insight: When Mary comes to the cross with John, Joseph is no where to be seen. The reality is that he is probably already dead. Jesus’s brothers (James, Joseph, Simon and Judas – Matthew 13:55) also do not believe yet, although they will after the resurrection. It is for this reason that Jesus gives responsibility for His mother to John. As His closest disciple, John who does believe in Jesus as Messiah is to care for Mary. What I find amazing is that Jesus, in the midst of His own pain, is thinking about others and showing His love. Mary and John will be a big comfort for one another in this time of grief.

Sometimes when we are faced with crisis, we fold in on ourselves and don’t think of others who may be hurting. Jesus shows us that love calls us to care for others. It can also give us comfort as we share our grief with others by caring for them. There will always be others who will be affected by our hurt, we should not forget their pain in the midst of our own.  

This and That: The first book in the series, 32 days devotions is at the printers. This book, 32 days with Abraham, has a special feature that you will love. The book not only has 32 devotions, but also includes 12 reproducible bible studies that connect with 12 events in Abraham’s life. The student guides have copy write permission so that you can freely copy them for your church or small group. You don’t have to buy a book for every person. The leader can buy a book for them and copy the student bible studies and then use the leader’s guides that are in the book. You will find that the bible studies match one of the 32 devotions so that the devotion will also give you added insights into the Bible text.

The book will soon be out on Amazon as a print book and should be on kindle as well. The book with devotions and bible studies (including the leader’s guide) will be priced at $9.99 to make it affordable for small groups and Bible leaders. My prayer is that people have an opportunity to learn about Abraham as I have and see the miracle of God that was this man’s life.