John 19:25-27

Because of the cross we have a new family, a new way of living in community together. 

I don’t think that diminishes the biological ties we have, but I do think it means that our perspective of those we consider family is much wider than we usually consider it to be.

Jesus commanded John to take care of His mother, but I don’t think He was just referring to His concern for her alone.  I believe Jesus was instituting a new way of life for those who follow Him. 

Those bought by His blood were to form one body, of which He was the Head (Eph. 4:15).  And if they were to become one body, then they must care for one another to insure the health of the entire body. 

The cross is not just about individual salvation.  We are saved into a body of believers with whom we are called to share life as a witness to the world of Christ’s love.

It’s messy because it’s relational.  But the Kingdom of God does not consist of isolated individuals merely looking out for their own self-interests.  Every day we’re called to extend the sacrificial love demonstrated on the cross to others.   

And as a result, the world will take note that we belong to Jesus. 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  (I John 3:16)

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:44-47)