When we stopped yesterday, we saw Mary Magdalene, sadly remaining at the tomb. How disappointed she must have been; she didn't have our knowledge of what happened. It was "here and now" for her. The One she had followed and supported and believed in for many months had been killed, and now for all she knew, the soldiers had stolen His body. Reality was setting in.
Have we been in a similar situation before? Have we poured our energy and time into things and found that they just won't go anywhere? Have we wondered why we keep on trying? Do we wonder if we are, as my grandma used to say, beating a dead horse? Mary Magdalene weeps from her disappointment. And she is frustrated, too. Things are happening that she doesn't understand. She knew the tomb was empty. She knew the angels said Jesus wasn't there. But she may have felt like things were just happening around her, and she couldn't make sense of them.
Frustrated, helpless, and alone. All she could do was cry. She was so overcome by her emotions that she didn't realize someone was there with her.
"Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?" said the voice.
She might not have even looked up, or she might have not been able to see well, through her tears.
"Please just tell me where you have taken Him."
Then that voice . . .
What pure joy must have filled her heart!
Once she realized that it was not the gardner, but Jesus, and once He told her to go and share the news, nothing could stop her. She brought the news to the disciples: "I have seen the Lord!"
Mary Magdalene told them what she had seen, what she had experienced. She was the only one who had stayed at the tomb -- she was the only one who had seen Jesus. She was so excited that there was no way she could keep her excitement to herself! She was bubbling over with joy. It was the best news she had ever heard.
Are we like Mary? Are we enthusiastic about telling people about our Lord?
Mary Magdalene and Thomas both had to see the risen Lord in order to fully understand, and to believe. But we have a promise today:
The resurrection that Mary Magdalene told others about is the foundation of our faith. We serve a Savior that is risen! Do we take that for granted? Is it "old hat"?
Let's be more like Mary Magdalene. Let's bubble over with the joy we have -- the knowledge that Jesus is alive! Let's be eager to tell others!