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“But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other 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? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”
Jesus said, “Mary.”
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”
Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.”
There are some very valuable lessons that we can learn from this story about life and about the ability of Jesus Christ to bring us back to life.
You have witnessed many things in this service. At the beginning of the service you saw a dramatic presentation of someone being brought to life.
It was simply a picture and illustration of the hopelessness one feels without knowing Jesus and the life that Jesus gives to those who seek Him.
We are taken with life. We spend millions of dollars a year looking for signs of life.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory designs, builds and operates the world’s most sophisticated and advanced radio telescopes. Scientists from around the world use these powerful tools to study the Sun, planets and other objects in our own solar system, as well as distant stars, galaxies, and other mysterious objects many millions, or even billions of light-years away. So far their search has proven unfruitful. I don’t know what you brought with you into this room today. I don’t know the pain or the hurt or the circumstances that you find yourself in but I do know that the Christ we remember at Easter is able to transform your life from death to life.
Let’s look a little closer at this encounter that brought Mary back to life.
What lessons can we learn from this story?
1. Weeping is a sign of life.
Jesus had been killed right before her eyes and now she was in the cemetery. Four times we read that Mary wept or was weeping.
This was Mary’s second visit to the tomb on this morning. She was beside herself with grief. The Bible says, “But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb.” You can feel the grief and feeling of helplessness as she looks into the tomb for another time.
Mary was overcome by grief because Jesus had transformed her life. He had cast many devils out of her, seven to be exact. She was a new person. Her life had been radically different and now the source of her great change was gone.
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