4. The fourth group around the cross, the smallest group, included the friends of Jesus and their attitude toward Him was one of genuine love. Only five of Jesus’ friends came to stand by His cross. One of them was John the beloved disciple, and the other four were women. Jesus’ own mother was there, Mary, who heard His first cry and held Him in her arms when He was a baby. Before He was born the angel had said to her, “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most high: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” But now He was dying, dying on a cross. It is always hard for a mother to see one of her children die but it was worse for Mary because her son was dying the death of a criminal. Now all the prophecies of His greatness seemed meaningless.
There were two others who showed their true colors in the dark hours of our Lord’s death. Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea and Nicodemus who first came to Jesus by night. Before they had been secret disciples but now their courage blazed forth as they went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then with tender hands they took his body down from the cross and buried it in a nearby tomb. This they did because of their love for Jesus, and I’m happy to say that there are still those who love Him in the world today. They are the ones who have put their trust in Him and have taken their stand by His cross to live for Him. They confess Him unashamedly and serve Him Faithfully.
Conclusion. I wonder if we had been there on that day in which group would we have stood? To us the events that day seem long ago and far away but the living Christ is still in the world and He still meets with these four kinds of treatment. To which party do we belong? Although we are not there physically or vocally the attitudes that we express toward the Christ of the Cross are the same attitudes that were expressed then.