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Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord…
In one of the most touching moments from Scripture, Mary Magdalene sees the Risen Christ:
But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”
Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her. -John 20:11-18, NAB
Mary was overcome with sadness. She felt lost and afraid; her whole world had been turned upside down by the loss of her Savior. How similar is this to our own lives? Without Christ, we feel lost, alone, and afraid. Our sadness overcomes us, and it seems impossible to stop the tears. For many, they know that something is missing, but they simply don’t know what that something is.
As Jesus stood right in front of her, trying to console her, Mary did not even recognize Him! There are times that He is standing right in front of us, trying to dry our tears, but we are so overcome with grief that we fail to recognize Him. We may not see Christ standing directly in front of us like Mary Magdalene, but we can see Him in so many other ways. The question is, do we recognize Him?
Finally, Jesus called out her name, and she finally recognized Him. Christ will go to great lengths, calling us out by name even, so that we might finally see Him. Mary could finally see Jesus, but can you? Can you see Him reaching out to you and calling your name? Do you understand what He gave us at the cross? I pray that you can.
In Christ’s last words to Mary Magdalene in this verse, He told her to go and tell the good news. This Easter, I hope that you remember to tell the good news. If you know people that are lost, alone, and afraid, show them the love of Jesus. If you have loved ones who cannot see the great things Jesus is doing in their lives, help them open their eyes. Today is our day to share with the world the great news of the Risen Christ – the King of Kings, our Savior.
May the Lord bring many blessings to you and yours this Easter! He is Risen!