“Looking for Jesus”
It was early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved.
Mary was gasping for breath when she approached Simon Peter and the other disciple. She cried, “They took the Master from the tomb! We don’t know where they’ve put him!”
Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran neck and neck, but the other disciple outran Peter arriving at the tomb first. Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Simon Peter arrived after him and entered the tomb. He observed the linen cloths lying there but he noticed the kerchief that was used to cover Jesus’ head was not lying with the linen cloths but it was separate, neatly folded by itself. The other disciple entered the tomb, saw the evidence and immediately believed.
At this point, no one understood Scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead, so Peter and the other disciple decided to return home.
In the mean time, Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look inside the tomb and saw two angels sitting there. The angels were dressed in white, one at the head, and one at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?” “They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.
Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? And who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener, replied, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”
Jesus said, “Mary!” And immediately when He called her name she recognized him. The reality of the resurrection is revealed, and Mary becomes the first person to see the risen Christ. (John 20:1-16)
My friend, like Mary, through sorrow, despair and confusion, we must continue looking for Jesus. And if we don’t recognize His face, He will call our names and one day we will rise to meet Him face to face and we will live with Him forever!
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org