Archive for August 17th, 2018

John 20:10-17

John 20:10-17 has Jesus out of the tomb discovered by Mary and some other women who notified Peter and John that went and verified that He was not there.  They hadn’t really figured out what had happened, but they went home. “No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home.” That is, all except Mary.  “But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”

Mary was there dealing with the grief of losing Jesus.  The angels appear, and she engages with them.  This is one of the few places in the Bible where someone encounters angels and they are not stricken with fear. It shows that Mary was so grieved at the loss of Jesus that she was unaffected even by an appearance of angels. She answers their question of why she is weeping from her heart. “They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.” There is still a complete disconnect between what Jesus had been telling His followers, and the tomb being empty.

Jesus is there and speaks to Mary. “Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?”  Jesus is seeking her heart.  And she lays it out there.  She wants to take care of Jesus’ body the proper way. “She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.” Her assumption of Him being the gardener made since, as Jesus hadn’t revealed Himself yet.  But then He does.  He speaks to her in the way that connects and she immediately recognizes Him.  “Jesus said, “Mary. Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”

Her immediate response was to run to Him and grab on.  But Jesus stops her from that. Jesus had only to say one word, and all was explained. There is no other one word interaction that has as much impact and emotion as when He called out her name.  But she isn’t allowed to latch on as He was still in a state of ascension. This shows that the resurrection body of Jesus was different, yet similar to His pre-resurrection body. It was definitely real and tangible, and Jesus was not a phantom.  “Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.  Mary’s reaction was to hang on, but Jesus wants her to go and tell the others so His resurrection could come to reality!

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