11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 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.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 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.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 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.’” 18 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.
Mary has stayed at the empty tomb grieving after Peter & John depart. 3 things happen.
- Mary sees and speaks to 2 angels
- Mary sees and speaks to Jesus
- Jesus tells Mary to go & tell his disciples
There are way too many questions I have for this passage and no answers, though what has captured me is Jesus meeting Mary. We know Jesus’ timing is perfect. She stayed. Was it the act of her staying? What if the disciples had stayed a little longer and not gone home, would they too have seen the angels and Jesus? Or did Jesus specifically want to meet Mary in the midst of her grief?
This is not specifically what this passage is about, but I got 3 things from it.
- Though others may leave, Jesus will be there for me in times of sadness & grief
- I can hold onto Him
- He has a job for me to do.
Lord this has been an unexpected revelation to me in this passage, your heart for Mary, your care, kindness and love which is the same for me. Thank you.
Written by Suzie Hodgson