Our Bible Study last night focused on the five brave souls who stood by the cross of Jesus while He suffered (John 19:25-27). Not an easy place to be ...
Four of the five were women, and the fifth was John, the only one of the twelve disciples present.
The four women were -
1. Mary (mother of the Lord)
2. Mary's sister
3. Mary the wife of Cleophas
4. Mary Magdalene
We know very little about the middle two, but we have details of the first and the last named women - and what a contrast they were! Mary (mother of the Lord), although a sinner like us all, was a godly young virgin chosen by God to bring Jesus into the world. Mary Magdalene, on the other hand, had known the darkness of demon-possession and immoral living. And yet both stand together at the cross.
The fellowship of the cross brings surprising people together! They were there because they loved the Lord, and although they could do nothing, and say nothing, at least they could stand with Him in His hour of suffering and shame. He meant everything to them, and they were prepared to endure the shame of the cross just to stand by His side.
God recorded their actions. Heaven was pleased with the stance they took. They will have an eternal reward - just for standing at the right place, at the right time.
Our Lord is still rejected and despised by the world. It is our privilege to stand by His cross, to take our stance - humbly, publicly, unapologetically - with Him. It will run contrary to current political correctness and media-driven liberal morality, but it will be noted and appreciated in Heaven.