WHY ARE YOU CRYING AND WHO DO YOU SEEK ?
PASTOR KEN CROW
John 20:11-15 (King James Version)
11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.
14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
IN VERSE 15 JESUS ASK TWO QUESTIONS: WHY ARE YOU CRYING ? AND WHO DO YOU SEEK?
MARY WAS CRYING BECAUSE SHE HAD BEEN THROUGH THE WORST 2 DAYS OF HER LIFE….
THEY HAD TAKEN HER SAVIOUR,,,HER LORD ,,,THE ONE WHOM HAD CHANGED HER WHOLE LIFE… AND CRUCIFIED HIM.
MARY MAGDELENE HAD FOUND SOMETHING IN JESUS CHRIST SHE HAD NEVER KNEW BEFORE .
SHE HAD FOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE MEANING .
SHE HAD FOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE LOVE.
SHE HAD FOUND SOMETHING THAT HAD GIVEN MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE,,,,,
DISAPOINTMENT HAD BEEN REPLACED WITH FULFILLMENT!
BUT NOW,,,,,,SHE HAD WATCHED ALL HER HOPE,,,,,ALL HER DREAMS ,,,,,ALL HER JOY,,,,,,,,,SHE HAD WATCHED HER LIFE BEATEN,,,,SPIT UPON,,,,SHE HAD WATCHED HER NEW FOUND HOPE MARCH UP A HILL CALLED GOLGOTHA,,,,CALVARY CARRYING THE CROSS HE WAS TO BE CRUCIFIED UPON.
MARY MAGDELENE HAD WATCHED HER HOPE ,,,HER ONLY HOPE NAILED TO THE CROSS BOTH HANDS AND FEET,,,,,HER HIGH EXPECTATIONS NOW HANGING FROM A CRUEL CROSS BETWEEN TWO THEIVES,,,,,SHE HEARD HER HOPE SAY MY GOD MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME,,,,,AND THEN THIS FULLFILMENT,,,THIS MAN CALLED JESUS OF WHOM EVERY FIBER OF HER LIFE NOW DEPENDED GAVE UP THE GHOST,,,,,,
OH ,,,,WHEN HOPE DIES,,,,,
LIFE IN THIS OLD WORLD,,,,,,HAS A WAY OF KILLING OFF HOPE,,,
SOME TODAY SITTING HERE ,,,,FEEL LIKE THIER HOPE HAS DIED NEVER TO RETURN,,,,,,,,,,AND OH LIKE MARY WE CRY ,,,,,,,,,THE CRY OF ONE WITHOUT HOPE IS HIGH AND PAINFUL…..THIS CRY IS NOT MERELY BY MOUTH BUT FROM THE HEART,,,,,I ASK YOU THIS MORNING : WHY DO YOU CRY? AND WHOM DO YOU SEEK ?
MARY JUST WANTED TO SEE HER HOPE ,,,HER BELOVED JESUS ONE MORE TIME ,,,,,,,SHE CAME TO THE TOMB TO PAY RESPECT TO HIM BUT ALSO TO LAY AT REST HER OWN EXPECTATIONS ,,,,,,,ALL SHE HAD LEFT SHE FELT WAS A CORPSE,,,,,BUT EVEN THE CORPSE OF JESUS WOULD BE BETTER THAN WHAT SHE HAD KNEW BEFORE.
SOMEONE HERE THIS MORNING HAS HAD THEIR OWN HOPE CRUCIFIED,,,,,AND ALL YOU HAVE LEFT IS A DECOMPOSING CORPSE OF WHAT YOU HAD AT ONE TIME IN YOUR LIFE.
I ASK YOU THIS MORNING TO REMEMBER ,,…..ON HER WAY TO THE TOMB MARY MUST HAVE BEEN THINKING OF ALL THE GOOD TIMES FOLLOWING JESUS ,,,,,REMEMBERING HOW IT HAD BEEN,,,,,,
AT ONE TIME YOU TOO WERE FULL TO THE BRIM WITH THE JOY OF LIFE .
BUT NOW YOU CRY,,,,,,,,THE ICY ISIKLES OF THIS CRUEL AND UNJUST WORLD HAVE TAKEN IT ALL AWAY AND LAID IT IN A COLD OLD TOMB.
I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THIS MORNING,,,,,YOUR HOPE CAN LIVE,,,,,,IT CAN LIVE AGAIN,,,,,,
Matthew 28:5-6 (King James
5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
WHY DO YOU CRY? AND WHO DO YOU SEEK?
OUR HOPE IN THIS LIFE AND THE LIFE TO COME CAN LIVE AGAIN. JESUS IS THE ANSWER ……THE ANSWER IS NO WHERE ELSE.
WHAT ABOUT IT TODAY,,,,,LETS LIVE AGAIN! AMEN