Sunday, October 31, 2021
11-13 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”
13-14 “They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.
15 Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Sir, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”
16 Jesus said, “Mary.”
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”
17 Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.'”
18 Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.
-John 20:11-18 The Message
Verse 11: But Mary was standing outside the tomb, weeping; so as she wept, she stooped to look into the tomb;
Verse 12: and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.
Verse 13: And 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 put Him.”
Verse 14: When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and yet she did not know that it was Jesus.
Verse 15: Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Then, thinking that He was the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you put Him, and I will take Him away.”
Verse 16: Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” Then, in Hebrew, she turned, and *said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).
Verse 17: Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging 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, and My God and your God.'”
Verse 17 study: Mary didn’t want to lose Jesus again. So she didn’t understand the resurrection yet. She believed this was his second coming as promised (14:3). Jesus didn’t want to be detained at the tomb. If Jesus didn’t descend into heaven, the Holy Spirit couldn’t come. Mary and Jesus had work that needed to be completed.
Verse 18: Mary Magdalene *came and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
Verse 18 study: Mary didn’t recognize Jesus at first. She had grief that blinded her; she didn’t expect to see him or didn’t believe she would see him. After Jesus spoke her name, Mary recognized him instantly. Can you imagine the joy she had? The love that flooded her heart when she heard her Savior say her name? Jesus is near you; would you recognize him like Mary did?
But she didn’t meet the risen Christ until she discovered the empty tomb. She responded with joy and obedience by telling the disciples. We can’t meet Christ until we find out that he is alive and that the tomb is empty. Are you filled with joy by the good news, and do you share it with others?
Father, to hear your voice like Mary did would be unique to a lot of people. But people don’t understand how to listen to your voice. I pray today that people can understand what it takes to hear your voice in obedience and in joy during future studies. I pray that you give us the wisdom to get to that point. In Jesus’ name. Amen!