John 19:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 19:27, NIV: and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

John 19:27, ESV: Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

John 19:27, KJV: Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

John 19:27, NASB: Then He *said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!' And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

John 19:27, NLT: And he said to this disciple, 'Here is your mother.' And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

John 19:27, CSB: Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

What does John 19:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Only a handful of Jesus' followers are present to witness His crucifixion in any meaningful way (Luke 23:49). Of these, only one disciple, John, is identified (John 13:23; 19:26). The rest are women associated with Jesus' ministry (John 19:25). In the ancient world, elderly people depended entirely on their family for support in old age. Women were especially vulnerable, so an older woman without children was in dire straits. Jesus has siblings (Mark 3:31), but they aren't supportive of His ministry (John 7:5). They might even have disavowed Mary for her loyalty to someone they think is crazy (Mark 3:21).

It's also possible Jesus simply needs John to care for Mary until she can reunite with those other family members. That she's said to be taken into John's home, at this moment, suggests something permanent. Either way, Jesus cares enough about His mother to make arrangements for her, even while suffering a shameful, painful death.