1. Unbelief. Mary didn’t believe He was raised. “They have taken away my Lord” (20:13).

2. Wrong mindset. Mary thought they stole His body. “They have taken away the body” (20:2).

3. Wrong focus. Mary looked in the wrong place. “Looked into the sepulchre” (20:11).

4. Blinded. Mary thought Jesus was a gardner. “Knew not that it was Jesus” (20:14).

5. Emotionally upset. Mary couldn’t see because she was crying. “As she wept” (20:11).


1. Go to right place. Mary went to the last place she saw Him. “And Mary Magdalene . . . behold where He was laid” (Mark 15:47).

2. Come with the right attitude. “Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping” (John 20:11). Her tears reflected her love for Jesus.

3. Search carefully. Mary “stooped down and looked” (20:11). “Ye shall seek for Me and find Me, when ye send for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 20:13).

4. Witness. Mary told others that she was searching for Jesus. “She said, because they have taken away my Lord, and I knew not where they have laid Him” (20:13).

5. Persistent. Mary didn’t give up when she didn’t find Jesus in the tomb. “She turned herself back” (20:14).

6. Ask for help. “If you have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him” (20:15).

7. Be willing to do anything. “Tell me where thou hast laid Him and I will take Him away" (20:15).

8. Listen for His voice. “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Woman, why weepest thou’” (20:15)?

9. Bow at His feet. “Touch Me not” (20:17).

10. Worship His name. “She turned herself and saith unto Him, Rabboni, which is to say Master” (20:16).


1. Jesus comes to you. Even though you are searching for Jesus, He first came looking for you. “She turned herself back and saw Jesus standing” (20:14).

2. Jesus is concerned about your anxiety. “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Woman why weepest thou’” (20:15)?

3. Jesus asks you questions. “Whom seeketh thou?” (20:15). He doesn’t ask for information, Jesus knows our concern. He asks questions to teach us something.

4. Jesus knows all about you. Jesus knew her name. “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Mary’” (20:15).

5. You must have a willing attitude to serve. “If thou hast borne him hence, tell me . . . I will take him away’” (20:15).

6. You will get instructions. Mary was clinging to him. “Touch Me not (20:17). This meant, “Don’t keep holding on to me.”

7. You will get a new relationship. Jesus told Mary He wouldn’t remain on the earth in a human body, but would return to heaven. “I am not yet ascended to My Father . . . I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God” (20;17).

8. We get a new intercessor. “Seeing then we have a great high priest that is passed into heaven . . . let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy” (Heb. 4:14-16).

9. We go tell others what happened. “Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord” (20:18).

10. We don’t let the skepticism of others keep us quiet. “Mary Magdalene . . . told these things unto the apostles, and their words seem to them as idle tales, and they believed them not” (Luke 24:10, 11).

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God. Please contact me at and tell us about your salvation experience so that we can rejoice with you.

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