Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Christ with Mary Magdalene

11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." 14Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"—and that he had said these things to her.
John 20:11-18, New English Standard Version

As we continue our study of the resurrection of Christ, we will look at the appearances Christ made after His resurrection as recorded in the Bible. In the first recorded appearance of Christ after the resurrection, we see Christ with Mary Magdalene.

Mary was devastated; her Savior was dead. Now that the Jewish Sabbath has ended, she quickly made her way to the tomb so that she may lay some spices at His feet. Imagine her surprise when she arrived at the tomb and found two angels sitting in the tomb, but no body!

They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him."

Then, turning, she saw Jesus, but did not recognize Him; thinking him to be the gardener, she asked, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."

Jesus answered with one word, "Mary."

What was her response? "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

And so begins a remarkable time in the life of the new church. As Christ makes His appearance to more and more people, the light dawns upon them. They begin to understand the significance of who Christ really is and what His resurrection means to them.

Think about that as you go about your duties of this day. What does the resurrection of Christ mean to you personally?

Let us respond, as did Mary, "I have seen the Lord."

Oh, yes! When we have seen the Lord, nothing in our lives is ever the same again! We have new life, new hope, new joy, and new promises of things to come. Meditate upon that as you think of Christ with Mary Magdalene.

God Bless You,
Linda

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