This is, without a doubt, my most favorite passage of Scripture in the entire Bible:
“But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.” (John 20:11-18)
Every time I read this passage I get chill bumps.
I can see Mary Magdalene standing there by the tomb crying. She must have felt so alone, so at a loss and searching for answers.
I know what that feels like.
The Bible says she stooped down while she cried. The others had come and gone from the tomb. She has already been there once earlier that morning and now she is trying to piece together what has happened. Her grief is over taking her so much that as she peeks into the area where the body of Jesus should have been, she doesn’t even seem surprised by the presence of the two men. And after they question her, she doesn’t even care about them but turns away.
I can just imagine her eyes blinded by tears. Her heart was broken and the questions must have been buzzing through her mind at a mile a second. Love brought her to that tomb and it would seem it was mocking her. She was no stranger to mocking and jeering, but the One who had saved and transformed her from that was now absent and she was weeping for the pain of it.
Then as she stumbles forward she sees a man standing there and she pleads with him. And I believe that in this moment the love that Jesus showed her is a representation of how He views each and every one of His children when they are crushed in spirit and looking for Him.
Jesus says, “Mary”. That was it. He simply let her know Who He was and that He knew her. That was all it took.
How many times I have bowed myself low to the ground in absolute brokenness and He has come to me in love and said, “Sheri”. Oh, my friend, there is nothing like His presence in that moment of the crushing weight of your burden. When love draws you to Him, He will reciprocate each and every time with a personal response.
Did you notice that as Jesus continues to speak to Mary He refers to God as her God? He wanted to keep the relationship personal and that is the most outstanding thing to me about this whole encounter.
God is there for YOU on a personal level. He is YOUR Father. YOU can fellowship with HIM. Don’t wait for the circumstances to be perfect before you reach out to Him. Don’t delay in calling on Him. He wants a relationship with you.
Are you seeking Him today? Do you think He has abandoned you and left you on your own?
Can you hear Him calling your name?
Until Next Time, Lord willing,