LIVE@5 – Friday, April 29, 2022

John 20:11–18 (NKJV)

11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

John 20:11-18

Mary is in anguish at the tomb. Not only has Jesus died, but now His body was missing. This was a horrific turn of events in Jewish culture. The body was considered to have some dignity, thus the preparation for burial was essential, and Jesus was not there for the women to prepare. She is nearly frantic, crying over this additional loss, as two angels appear and speak to her in the tomb. Then she senses the presence of another individual outside the tomb, and turns to speak with Him. He asks why she is crying as well, and she recounts the story to Him, not recognizing Him as Jesus to begin with. She begged Him to tell her where Jesus’ body was located.

Jesus proceeded to call Mary by name, which suddenly seemed to open her eyes to His true identity. She called Him Rabboni, and then proceeded to go and tell the disciples that she had seen the Lord. When an individual truly recognizes the Lord, they cannot help but rejoice and go tell others. Although a Christian may become busy or distracted by the cares of this life, he or she should revisit the truth of Who Jesus was and is to him or her and rejoice, recommit, and retell the story wherever he or she may go. See Jesus today and tell of His glorious words!

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