Mary was a woman who had been deeply touched and healed by Jesus. She had seven demons cast out of her by Him and then she chose to devote her life to taking care of her Lord and the disciples.
But imagine. She had just watched this magnificent one die the most hideous of deaths. She had seen his closest friends flee in fear. She had stayed to minister to her teacher in death along with the other women. The grief would have been overwhelming, the confusion, all consuming. This was not the end she had envisioned.
Mary had a choice. She could have looked at the evidence before her, because lets face it, the circumstances looked dire. Had I been Mary I would have been expecting a knock on the door from authorities and a public execution.
But instead she chose to draw near. In her confusion, grief and fear she chose to be near the one who had saved her.
John 20: 10 – 18
Then the disciples went back to their homes, but 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 realise that it was Jesus.
“Woman,” he said, “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 returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning 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'
Her reward was Jesus. She became a herald of his resurrection. She chose to draw near to the one she loved, the one who had not condemned her but set her free; and the Lord responded with his presence.
I want to be like Mary. In every circumstance I want to choose to draw near to Him, knowing that he is my reward. His presence is breath and life. His love is the song in my heart and the light that dispels darkness. There is no greater gift I can receive and nothing more I could wish for in this life than my beautiful Lord and Saviour.
HE IS RISEN!!