Summary: A brief examination of Mary's reaction to the empty tomb and the sight of her Savior.
Resurrection Series: “Redeemed”
What A Risen Savior Can Do For You
John 20: 11-18
(Sunrise Service 2014)
In recent weeks we have examined in great detail the horrific events of the Cross. Jesus faced the pain and torture and when all things were accomplished “He cried, It is finished, and died” . “’Joseph of Arimathaea, asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body”. Joseph and Nicodemus “wrapped Jesus’ body with spices in long sheets of linen cloth”. There was a new tomb, near the cross, they placed Jesus in that borrowed tomb. Early that Resurrection morning, “while it was yet dark” Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and “found the stone rolled away.” - She ran to Peter & John and said “They have taken the Savior’s body!”. “Peter & John ran to the tomb” to see for themselves. When they arrived they went inside and “saw the graveclothes”
We find that Mary was standing outside the tomb crying. “As she wept, she stooped and looked in the tomb and saw two angels” -v11
One Angel asked “woman, why are you crying?” ...Mary said “Because they have taken away my Lord,” -v13 As she turned to leave and saw someone standing there, she thought it was the gardener.” - v15 …..Little did she know that it was Jesus! He asked “why are you crying?” “Who are you looking for?” … Mary said - “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” Jesus said “MARY!” ….She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!”
Mary was thrilled at the sound of His voice, she was face to face with the Risen Savior! Seeing Jesus did many things for Mary at that very moment. He had changed her life already but I can assure you she was never the same after encountering The Risen Lord.
I want to look briefly at “What A Risen Savior Can Do For You”
i. The Risen Savior Will Call Your Name
ii. The Risen Savior Will Calm Your Fears
iii. The Risen Savior Will Comfort Your Sorrows
iv. The Risen Savior Will Conquer Your Doubts
Let’s begin with the fact that:
I. THE RISEN SAVIOR WILL CALL YOUR NAME - v16 “Jesus saith unto her, Mary”
Jesus had changed Mary’s life, He was her deliverer! Because of what He had done in her life, she became a devoted follower. Mary followed Jesus as He ministered. She followed Him to the Cross, she remained at the cross until after His death. We find that Mary was the first one at the tomb. Jesus called her name here at the tomb, but He changed her life when He called her name and delivered her from her demons and called her unto salvation.
Friend, today Jesus will call your name. He is saying to you that if you will confess your sins, turn to Him, trust in Him surrender your all to Him, He will change your life just like He did for Mary! Jesus will CALL YOUR NAME. But as we move farther we see that: