Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” John 20:15 NABRE
Outside the tomb after the resurrection of Christ, Mary who has come to anoint Jesus with spices, is upset because she cannot find the body. She is crying and seeing two men in the tomb asks where they have put His body. She turns and sees a man she thinks is the gardener and asks him where the body of Jesus has been taken. Mary, although one of Jesus earliest followers having heard Him explain what will happen to Him in Jerusalem, how He will be put to death and rise again in three days, in this moment still does not realize who she is talking to and that Christ has risen from the dead. In hindsight we read the teaching of Jesus and completely understand He will die and rise, and we celebrate His resurrection as the pivotal event in Christian history. We believe so strongly it seems we don’t have faith, we have certitude about what has been taught in the Scriptures. If we had been there with Mary, would we have the faith to believe or understand?
Mary loves Jesus and is willing to go to a tomb without even knowing how to move the stone to gain entry. She has changed her entire life to be with Jesus. Even after His death, something she does not see coming, she is still faithful to His body wanting to anoint Him. Her doubt about Christ’s resurrection should teach us how out of the ordinary is the Easter event. We think we have strong faith but if Christ rose then shouldn’t we expect his presence in our life today? We may have certitude but do we fully follow His message?
Do you have faith or certitude? Imagine you are Mary, what is your reaction?Mary loves Jesus and is willing to go to a tomb without even knowing how to move the stone to gain entry. Her entire life is changed. Even after Jesus death, something she does not see coming, she is still faithful to His body wanting to anoint Him. Click To Tweet
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