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SINCE JESUS PLACED HIS MOTHER IN THE CARE OF JOHN AT THE TIME OF HIS CRUCIFIXION (JN. 19:26-27), DOES THIS MEAN THAT JESUS’ EARTHLY FATHER, JOSEPH, HAD ALREADY DIED?
 
 
          In Jn. 19:26-27, the Bible says, “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. Now, John is the only writer that mentions the mother of Jesus at the cross.  And, since there is no mention of Joseph, we cannot even begin to add words to the text trying to figure out what happened to him. These matters are not important.  In addition, John does not explain why Jesus’ step brothers did not take care of their mother, but it could be, that Jesus’ brothers did not, at this time, believe on Him (Jn. 7:5).
          Now, what we do know is that John occupies a special place in the heart of Jesus in which he is often called “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” And, he is so special that Jesus was willing to entrust the care of His mother to him. Therefore, this is about John and how he was to be a son to Mary and provide for her and to have responsibilities of an affectionate child toward his mother. No doubt, Mary was poor and this is a wonderful example of how children are to care for their parents. So, John was intrusted to have affectionate regard and tender care for Jesus’ mother which may have been that Mary, who was very sorrowful seeing her son in the position that He was in, remembered that just 33 years earlier, an angel spoke to her about the babe in her womb.
          Thus, we cannot focus on Joseph, otherwise, we miss the point that Jesus' love shines forth even in the sufferings on the cross.
Robert Notgrass
         

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