Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
-from John 20
Mary is red-eyed and bone-tired, hopeless in her grief. Because of her sorrow, she doesn’t recognize the One she believes to be lost.
Until He calls her name – and everything changes.
I love this moment – I love the sudden rush of joy she must have felt, the wonder and peace that made a home in her heart…and it is such grace that this feeling, it is ours today.
For isn’t it when we are searching for hope – unsure of what to do, our hearts frantic and troubled – that He calls our names?
Doesn’t everything change?
Because He is the bread of life, I am satisfied in Him – so I can have contentment no matter how things around me change.
Because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I can depend on Him. I can trust Him.
Because of His compassion, my yoke is easy and my burden light…my tears are seen, my cares are known, the weights on my shoulders lifted and carried by Him.
Because He is the Good Shepherd, I am found…I belong to Him.
Because He is Truth, I am set free from the lies that satan locked around my heart.
Because He is my mediator, praying for me, I can live in His name – bold and steadfast.
Because He is the Overcomer, I am more than a conqueror.
Because He is Greater than he that is in this world, I am confident of this: nothing formed against me shall prosper, for He works all things together for my good.
Because He is my strength, I can do all things through Him.
Because He is the peace-speaker, I am able to stand even when the wind blows…even when the earth shakes…even if the mountains shake and crumble into the sea…
Because He is the Living Water, I have the abundant-and-eternal-resurrection-perishable-wearing-imperishable-glory kind of life!
Because He is the Lamb who was slain, I can boldly come before the throne of God – reunited and reconciled with Him.
Because He is the pierced and the chastised, I am forgiven of every transgression.
Because He is the broken body, I am whole and healed.
Because He is the ransom, I am the redeemed.
Because He is the victor over death, hell, and the grave, I am fully convinced: nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ.
And because He is perfect love, I live unafraid. Because He is perfect love, I am the beloved.
Because Jesus is alive, I am an all-things-possible, beauty-from-ashes, chains-broken, reconciled-heart, walking-on-water, nothing-is-too-hard, live-forever-in-His-Light,
at-home-in-His-arms daughter of a Risen King.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain – holy, holy is He.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
(Phil. 4:11, Phil. 4:13, John 8: 32, Matt. 11:30, Psalm 46, Mark 4, Romans 8, Phil: 12, Hebrews 13:8, John 6:35, John 4, Psalm 68:19, John 10, John 16:33, Isaiah 53, Rev. 4 and 5)