John 20:15-16 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.”
Sometimes, it is the simplest of things. To be recognized. To be acknowledged. To be appreciated. Then, to be recognized by someone of importance; now, there is a special event. But here, in this passage this morning, the Lord touched on something so simple as Jesus saying “Mary” to literally melt my heart with this truth: the God of Heaven knows MY name!
Mary had, in faith, been the first to the grave that morning. She had heard how Jesus had said that He would rise on the third day. Her faith and expectation probably caused little to no sleep in anticipation of that day. Upon arrival, she saw the stone rolled away, heard the angels declare that He had risen and promptly ran to tell the rest of the disciples.
John refers to himself as that ‘other disciple’ in his writings records that he and Peter upon hearing of Jesus’ resurrection, ran to the tomb. John said he outran Peter. I thought how Peter must have been feeling. “I boasted how I would stand for Him, and then I denied Him. Not once, not twice, but three times! I saw Him look at me after I did… I’ll never forget that look… I feel so ashamed.” While John’s pure motive was to once again rest upon the breast of the now, risen Son of God; Peter slowed and maybe even thought of turning back.
Yet, there she was at the tomb. The stone rolled away and the grave clothes neatly folded. Peter and John had left to tell of what they had seen. Again, two angels visited her.
John 20:13 “And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”
I cannot imagine the amount of doubt that may have filled her heart that morning; nor the demonic oppression that was present during that time. But Mary Magdalene, a former prostitute, now came with faith, looking for the One who had transformed her life.
Then, she heard a voice behind her say;
John 20:15 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”
Then it happened. Jesus spoke her name; “Mary“. It was true! Everything He had told that would come to pass now stood in such clarity before her. “Mary” – He knows me! He recognized me! I came in faith and now that faith has become sight!
One day, I will come into His presence. My faith will become sight. The Book of Life will be opened and there, they will find my name. “Paul”. But to drink in that moment… To think just how it will unfold – I can only imagine.