“Behold Thy Mother, Behold Thy Son”

BEHOLD is a key word to the third saying of Jesus while he was being crucified. I realize it is not a word we use in our everyday language. However, it still is used but mainly for dramatic effect in writings.

  • In 2014, Huffingtonpost published an articled titled, “Behold, The Most Influential Contemporary Black Artists In The Industry Today”.
  • In 2017, USA Today printed a headline, “Behold the Michelada, Dodgers Stadium’s signature spirit at the World Series”.
  • Arstechnica.com announced, “Behold, 157 new emoji for 2018”.

Because it is not widely used, many contemporary bible translators remove the word from their texts. Yet the standard translations retain it. The reason is because it is the exact word used in the original language.

“Behold” is a verb in the transitive preterit tense. As a participle passive we would use the word “beheld”. It means “to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.” Think about that as you compare the readings from contemporary translations with the standard ones.

“Behold, thy son!” [Dramatic] verses “Here is your son.” “Here is your mother.” [Impersonal, almost flippant]. What a difference! Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

Jesus Lamb Cross

Yes, the word is much used in this manner for exciting attention and admiration. It is in the imperative mode, expressing command, or exhortation; and by no means a mere exclamation. Why am I making this such a big deal?

The Greek word being translated is ἰδού. The term is second person singular imperative middle voice of εἴδω. This particle has an active voice. Its imperative mood demands you “see” something. It calls attention to what may be seen or heard or mentally apprehended in any way. It is drawing attention to a literal, physical object or being.

“Behold” is imperative mood “to see,” calling attention to what may be seen or heard or mentally apprehended in any way. These are regularly rendered “behold.”

If your bible uses the word “here” instead of “behold”, that is because it is translating a different Greek word. The Greek word is Ide instead of idou. It comes from ὁράω (horao, hor-ah’-o). Like idou, ide also means to see, perceive and attend to. However, where it differs is that, by definition, it demands your discernment to beware of something!

“HERE is your son” is a message of wariness, not responsibility.

Idou/behold, is reality. Ide, here, has a METAPHORICAL meaning! The term ide implies it is not literally true.

And herein lies my personal dispute. To flippantly use the phrase, “Here is your son…here is your mother” opens the door for the entire narrative to be interpreted as a metaphorical passage. It is based on a Greek word that implies a metaphorical meaning.

Our ancient creed from Nicaea assumes a literal, physical crucifixion of our Lord. It is not a made up story.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

Affirmations to Motivate Success

Every successful enterprise begins with intention. You intend on carrying out a vision. You intend on fulfilling a dream. You intend on bringing into reality a thought of your mind.

All the good intentions in the world are of no value unless they resurrect from your mind into the real world. However, intentions alone do not create success. You must connect your intent with your passion. It is your passion that moves your vision into reality. 

A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and when set in motion, it is rather a passion than an action in it. – Locke

The story of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection has been zealously preserved. It is a pattern for success. Your vision is not alive until it goes through an internal crucifixion. Jesus’ crucifixion is referred to in theology as his PASSION.

The influence of Jesus’ teachings motivated enemies to cause his premature death. The effect of Christ’s suffering leading up to that death, however, empowered a resurrection of his teachings. 


Your intentions will not find power until an external agent is forced upon them. That is why many success stories are born from adversity. The suffering, the denial, the betrayals, the failures all became motivation to make the concept real.

Here are 14 Affirmations to Motivate Success from my book, 56 Notions of Success,

  1. I am passionate to move my intentions into action.
  2. I am a motivational leader.
  3. I am wealthy with my ideas coming to fruition.
  4. I am strong and confident in my abilities and skills.
  5. I am a refined Professional enjoying the fruit of my labor.
  6. I am a wise project manager.
  7. I am mentally engaged growing through life’s challenges.
  8. I am victorious through hard work and effort.
  9. I have an unconquerable spirit!
  10. I deliver news faithfully and energetically.
  11. I am a fire spreading goodness.
  12. I am strong, stable, and in good health.
  13. I am honorable in conduct possessing good fortune.
  14. I am well liked with confident actions.