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11 Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. 13 The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” 14 As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “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 and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.
As nearly as we can tell, the first person to see Jesus after he rose from the dead was his devoted disciple Mary of Magdala. At first Mary thought Jesus was “the gardener.” In John’s symbolism, he was—Adam and Eve failed in the original garden (cf. Genesis 2:8, 15), but Jesus would restore earth’s “garden” (cf. John 19:41, Romans 5:15-21). When Jesus called Mary by name, she had a deep, immediate sense of recognition. She no longer had to mourn her beloved Lord. He was alive!
Living Lord, help me never to fear tears and sorrow—and never to get stuck in them, either. Give me eyes to see people, situations and myself in the light of your eternal love. Amen.
What brings you peace and hope?
I’ve been thinking about the word “peace” a lot lately. When life gets stressful and busy or circumstances cause anxiety or fear, peace is often what I find myself praying for.
There have been moments in life where I’ve felt like I need peace as much as I need air to breathe. I pray for it, I beg for it, I long for it. I don’t know about you, but the interesting thing about searching for pockets of peace is that the more I crave it, the more it seems to be in short supply. And this is when I’m left wondering where is the peace and hope that God promises throughout John, chapter 14?
I want there to be peace that leads me into a place of no worry, fear or anxiety. I want peace that brings rest. I seek the peace that ushers in hope.
Every morning I go for a walk. It’s not as much about the exercise as it is time to be alone with my thoughts…time to spend talking to God as if he were there walking right next to me. Today, when I finished my walk, I decided to pop into the sanctuary for a moment. It was quiet…no one else was in there. The only light coming in was the light from the outside shining through the stained-glass window. I sat and took a moment to think about Good Friday and Christ’s death on the cross, but then quickly switched gears to the promise and hope that his resurrection brings. I thought about all the people who will be sitting in those seats on Saturday and Sunday. People just like me who desire some moments of peace, rest, and hope.
The best part about sitting in a quiet, empty sanctuary is that I allow some space for God to speak to my heart…without any distractions. He reminded me that the peace that only he can provide is a peace that I don’t have to search for. I really don’t even have to ask him for it or beg him for it. It’s a peace he’s already given me. It’s been there all along. I just let the busyness of life take over and hide it from me.
He’s given me a peace and hope that will weather any and all storms…a peace I don’t deserve and a peace I absolutely will never understand. He alone is the source of that peace.
His word brings peace, his artistic handiwork in a sunrise brings peace, his blessing of a beautiful melody brings peace, his love shown to me through family and friends brings peace. I am no expert, and I am sure to falter along this journey to experience the peace that passes all understanding, but I’m grateful that God patiently loves me and teaches me on this journey. I’m never without peace and the hope that comes from walking with him.