At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” There were women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus. These women used to follow Him and provide for Him; and there were many other women who had come up with Him to Jerusalem. These women followed closely as Jesus’ body was being prepped for burial. When the stone was shut both Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus sat across from the tomb. The next day these women came to the tomb to anoint his body.
Their life had been centered around serving Jesus. These women traveled with Jesus and the disciples fixing their meals, possibly fixing ripped clothes, serving. Death couldn’t stop their calling. It was in their love and devotion to Jesus that they arrived at the tomb the next day, only to find that the stone had been rolled away. There was no body to anoint. The tomb was empty, and they are given the command to tell others. They were the first to know because of their faithfulness.
In John, we hear of the first encounter Jesus makes as the Risen Savior, to that of Mary Magdalene. She doesn’t recognize Him, until .. “Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out, “Teacher!” That simple and intimate encounter reveals the nature of a sweet and tender relationship. She just needed to hear Him say her name.
Maybe today you just need to hear Jesus simply say your name. Maybe you need a gentle reminder that He is living, alive, and moving. Perhaps you need to know that your faithfulness is not overlooked.
Whatever it may be, know that a mighty, powerful God is pursuing you. He would have gone through it all over again just for you!
Happy Easter – HE IS RISEN, now go tell the others!