This past Easter weekend was full and good. I am not sure we could have packed one thing more into one of the best weekends I have had in a long time. I am dedicating the blog this week to sharing about some of the highlights.
Friday evening we took our family to “Journey to the Cross” a 30 minute walk-through re-enactment that begins with Jesus’ first miracle and continues through His death and resurrection. It was well done and allowed participants to experience Jesus’ journey to the cross and also His death on the cross. There were many moments that caused me to pause and reflect upon Jesus’ sacrifice. However the most meaningful moment for me, was captured in the picture below:
The Biblical account that goes along with this picture is found in John 20:11-18:
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 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.
A couple points to consider:
- I think it not insignificant that the first person that Jesus commissioned to share the gospel (good news) was a woman. Jesus could have appeared first to any one of the 12 disciples. Yet, he gave Mary the privileged task of being His voice-piece to His disciples.
- It is also important to note that Jesus instructed her, “Go . . . to my brothers and tell them . . .” He didn’t say, “Go and ONLY TELL the women what you have just seen, and I will appear to a man so that he can tell the men.” Very interesting, indeed! (-smile-)
- Mary was looking for him. When you look for Jesus, you will find Him, plain and simple. Don’t ever quit looking for Jesus in every situation. He will show up.
- When Jesus appears to you – you are then compelled to tell others what He has said to you.
May we keep looking for Jesus and, as we hear from him, be confident and faithful to share with whomever He places in our path.
Your Friend in Ministry,