April 07, 2007

The Resurrection!

Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, "They took the Master from the tomb. We don't know where they've put him."
Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home.
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?"
"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.
Jesus spoke to her, "Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?"
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."
Jesus said, "Mary." Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" meaning "Teacher!"

The Message Translation verses found in John Chapter 20.

Of all the characters in the gospels that know Jesus, the ones that interact with Him, the one I most adore is Mary Magdalene. She was without hope, she was living a sinful life, she was desperate for Jesus and she didn't even know it. Then she was rescued by her sweet Jesus. She was forgiven alot, so she loved alot. She was the first at the tomb on the first day of the week, she wept the hardest, weeping so hard she couldn't hear through her wails or see through her tears that it was Jesus standing before her, not the gardener, and she rejoiced when she saw His face and heard Him call her name. I feel like I know Mary because our lives were very similar, hopeless, sinful and desperate for Jesus and not even knowing it. Because of Jesus' love for me and his kindness while he gently lifted me from my sin, I will proclaim His love until I have no breath left, just like Mary Magdalene.

Rejoice for He has Risen!!!!!


Denise W said...

Love it! I was thinking about her, too! She is a wonderful example for us....

Cathy Messecar said...

Just thinking of you, your family and especially Jack. I'm keeping up with you and praying for healing even though I might not post for awhile.

BTW, I looked through your scenic photos and trim and door handles in the two towns, good work. Besides your faith and mothering skills, a "lotoftalent" that's what you've got!...Cathy