Are We Grieving To See Jesus?

But Mary was standing outside the tomb crying; and so, as she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb; 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. 13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you seeking?” Thinking 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.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). ” (John 20:11 LSB)


The first person to see the resurrected Lord, Jesus the Savior, was Mary. Why Mary? She was lost, lost with grief over the loss of her Lord. So what did Mary do? She returned to the last place she saw the Lord. There, where He had been laid to rest she found Him risen from the dead. The first person God revealed Himself to was the only person still grieving at losing Him where the enemies of God thought they finished Him. When we are heavy with loss, when we wonder where God has gone, perhaps we should be like Mary and return to where we last saw the Lord. Where is the last place God intersected our lives in a profound way? Our personal relationship with God should result in the presence of God being a frequent occurrence in our lives. Not always profound, probably never visible, not specifically Him anyway, but clearly the presence of God, the work of God, the hand of God should be occurring in our lives as He seeks to both work in us and through us to accomplish His will for us. Are we weeping for His presence? Are we saddened by the work of the evil one and his minions of men in this depraved world? Are we seeking Jesus to show Himself alive from the dead to assert Himself as Lord over all? If we are then we will be commissioned to go and make disciples for this was His word to His disciples and it is His command to us who are currently His disciples. The answer to the world’s problems is Jesus and His solution is His resurrection life pouring through His people, doing His will of serving and sacrificing for men until all the world hears and believes that He is risen from the dead as Savior and Lord over all.

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