She Wouldn’t Let Go

John 20:1, 11-17

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb.

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

Reflections on Resurrection:

  • There is something about the resurrection that changes you.
  • Mary was looking for Jesus, and so desperate to have him she was willing to carry whatever she could get.
  • The way Jesus called Mary’s name made her turn toward her Lord. It’s the same Voice that called to Moses in the burning bush, Samuel in the temple, Elijah in a whisper, Paul on the road to Damascus, and John at Patmos: It’s the Voice you would recognize.
  • She grabbed the resurrected Christ and wouldn’t let go.
  • This is the heart of God – He is looking for a people who wouldn’t let go, people who keep pressing in to His presence until they get what they’re seeking for! Those are they that see Him.