Yesterday, we looked at Jesus’ last words from the cross. Today, we’ll look at his first words after the resurrection.
Jesus’ followers were understandably devastated by his arrest one evening and then his execution the following day. But their devastation would soon turn to joy and amazement.
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. Here’s what happened:
Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
(Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
I love this tender little scene. Out of all the people in the world to whom he could have appeared Jesus chose first a woman out of whom “he had cast out seven demons.” (Mark 16:9) He comes to her in her distress and asks two simple but poignant questions: “Why are you crying?” and “Who is it you are looking for?” Then, he calls her by name: “Mary.” With that, she suddenly she recognizes him and calls him “Teacher.” That’s exactly who he is.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Seek him. He loves you deeeeeply and knows you by name.
Listen to him. And then pass what you hear along to others (feel free to use exclamation points, like Mary).
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