2014-04-21 - What Would Mary Magdalene Say?
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. (John 20:18)
It's Him. It's Him! I couldn't exactly explain it, but I knew what I saw. I thought the man was the gardener and asked him where I could find Jesus' body. All the time it was Jesus. It wasn't until the man said my name, Mary, that I knew it was my Lord! That one word was all it took.
I witnessed Jesus' death and His burial. There was no question that He died. I and other followers watched the whole proceedings. So for Jesus to be standing, breathing, and talking, has to be a miracle.
Jesus asked me to find the disciples and tell them that He, the Messiah has risen. I obeyed. The white linens were left behind and the tomb opened for proof of Jesus' temporary humanity and His unjust pain.
Lord, I am glad the story does not end with Jesus being left in the tomb. That was just a part of Your plan to save us from our selfish selves. God, how You must have celebrated at Jesus' and my rebirth. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.