Have You Seen the LORD?

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. John 20:18 NIV

On resurrection morning, Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus. She is weeping at the tomb because the body of Jesus is missing. She doesn’t know what happened. Then she hears a voice asking her why she is weeping. Through her tears, she does not recognize that it is the risen Savior. When Jesus says her name, she then recognizes His voice. What an awesome moment! She wants to stay with Jesus and sit at His feet like she did when her sister Martha had a dinner party for Him (Luke 10:38-42). But, He has to return to His Father in Heaven and bids her to go and tell the disciples that He has risen just as He promised He would. What can we learn from our verse today?

Witness to the Resurrection: Mary Magdalene is one of the primary witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Her testimony is crucial in affirming the central Christian belief in Jesus’ victory over death. We can also be witnesses to others through our witness to His grace and love.

Personal Encounter with Jesus: Mary’s encounter with Jesus is deeply personal. It demonstrates the intimate relationship between Jesus and his followers and emphasizes the importance of recognizing Jesus not just as a historical figure but as a living presence. We can have the same personal encounter with Jesus through prayer and studying the Gospels.

Commission to Share the Good News: By instructing Mary to go and tell the disciples about her encounter with him, Jesus commissions her as a messenger of the resurrection. This underscores the role of all believers in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and the hope it brings. We are also commissioned to share the Good News of the risen Savior.

We can experience the transformative power of encountering the risen Christ. We are responsible for sharing our experiences and testifying to the reality of Jesus’ resurrection.

He Lives! He Lives in our Hearts.

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Written by Diane Levy


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