Wednesday Word 4.24.2019
John 20:1-18 New International Version
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. 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.
The angels appeared to Mary Magdalene as she wept outside the tomb. Jesus came to Mary Magdalene as she wept. I always thought it was odd that the angels did not speak to Peter and the other disciple. The men entered the tomb to look for Jesus. They left as soon as it was confirmed that Jesus’ body was gone. I always got the impression they more worried about their own safety than trying to find out where their Master had been taken. Mary was the one who was visibly grieving. It seems she gave no thought to the consequences, but was there at the last place she knew him to be, in order to stay close by and honor him in death as she had in life. When she wept, the angels were there for her. When she wept, her Savior was there for her. Not even death could separate him from those who loved him.
What a mighty God we serve! To love us that much. To never abandon us. God set aside the laws of the physical world to save us. To pour out the grace that could never be earned. Not by us, anyway. Alleluia!…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki