v16b "So they took Jesus."
Jesus loves me, this I know. All you others, maybe so. I’m not sure that you belong. We are right, but they are wrong.
…went out, bearing his own cross (the one we’re supposed to be in unity at), to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
v23 they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier
put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires," (Ro 13:14)
v25 "but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene."
If it is a prophecy that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, it is also prophecy that the Church divided against herself will fall. Disorder in the Church is more terrible than feuds in the family or civil war in the State. If war is an evil in national life, it is a thousandfold greater evil in Church life.
If unity has slipped from our grasp, it is the common fault of the Christian world. If it is to be regained it must be by the concerted action of all Christians. Every section has shared in shattering unity. Every section must share in the effort to restore it.
The unity of Christendom is not a luxury but a necessity. The world will go limping until Christ’s prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell.
v26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”If Jesus is all there is between us, wouldn’t he say “You, brother, behold your sister! You, sister, behold your brother!” Jesus is between you to hold you together because,
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph4:4-6)
v27 And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.Take your sisters and brothers into your hearts at all risks. Imagine what would happen if all of you showed up at the World Day of Prayer service every year! They’d have to have it here! Imagine if all our mainline brothers and sisters showed up at the Global Day of Prayer service at Pentecost! We'd have to be here for that, too!
v28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the Scripture), “I thirst.”