“But Mary stood outside at the tomb weeping. As she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 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 put Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she 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 put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).” John 20:11-16

 Jesus had risen from the dead and one of His followers, Mary, was devastated.  Partly because her Master had been crucified, but also because she did not know where His dead body was.

 Both the angels and the resurrected Jesus (whom she at first did not recognize) asked her: why are you weeping?  There was a compassion in the question.  There was nothing harsh and damning in their wonder.  Jesus does not get nervous as we pour out our hearts to Him.  He likes when we do it.  When Mary spoke to Jesus (who she believed was the gardener), she received a revelation.

 Revelation for believers

 In the letter to the believers in Ephesus, Paul prays that God may reveal to them our hope.  The Colossian letter describes the hope of glory as – Christ in you.

 Friends, when we realize that Jesus is no longer left, neither on the cross nor in the grave, but that He lives in us, then something happens.  We are blessed.  We get a deep satisfaction and a peace that transcends all understanding.  And many times it causes us to stop weeping.

 See Jesus

“Let us look to Jesus” Hebr. 12:2

 See Jesus in the Bible and know that He lives in your heart if you believe in Him.

“and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” Eph. 3:17

 Jesus has won and He is full of love for you.  Come to Him and let Him hear both what pleases and distresses you.  His arms are open to you.  Realize who you are talking to, it is Jesus, the Son of God and the King of kings, not an ordinary mortal limited man.

 The solution to your problems is not primarily something, but someone – Jesus.

 Jesus calls you by your name just like with Mary, He knows very well what your name is.  He loves you.

 God bless you

 / David Billström