His is risen!

John 20:11-18

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down 12and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus’ body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. 13The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?”

She answered, “They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.”

14As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. 15Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.”

16Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”

17Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.” 18Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her.

And so we went to the tomb.  We didn’t know what else to do.  We wanted to feel near to Jesus.  It’s what you do isn’t it, you go to the grave of the one you have loved and lost?

But, it seems this amazing part of our lives wasn’t over.  There was still one last twist – and what a twist it was!

When we got to the tomb it was empty.  How much more were we going to have to take – now grave robbers to add to all the rest.

But there were some people there.  Well, I say people… I asked them?  Where is he?  What’s happened?

And then I found out what had happened.

It wasn’t a grubby gardener seeking to comfort me, it was him – Jesus!  He said my name, and I knew it.

It was all true!

They tried to get rid of him, and God had triumphed.

All the things that Jesus took to the grave, all the wrongs of the world were left there, but Jesus was risen and is alive.

I knew it!  It is true!  I have experienced it for myself.

He is not dead.  He is risen!

Thank you God!

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