Summary: When we see Jesus we can stop crying.
WHY ARE YOU CRYING! "I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!"
Christians are to be a joyful people (Nehemiah 8:10 "For the joy of the Lord
is your strength." Philip. 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I
The problem with having joy is that we live in a real world. There are
times when we feel much like Mary Magdalene. Her Lord had been terribly
mistreated and murdered. Now, she has come to the tomb to anoint the body
of Jesus, and the body is missing. She did not realize that Jesus had
risen, so out of sorrow and frustration, she stood outside the tomb crying
. Is your joy is hindered by events that have happened to you and your
friends. Life is filled with sorrow. There is the sorrow caused by hurt
feelings. There is the sorrow caused from being mistreated. There is the
sorrow caused by seeing others hurt and neglected. There is the sorrow
caused by family difficulties. There is the sorrow caused by strained
relationships and lack of money or a job. There is the sorrow caused by
sickness and death. These sorrows create a barrier that makes it difficult
for us to be joyful at Easter.
As Mary stood there crying, she was asked by angels why she was weeping.
Mary’s answer to their inquiry was the reason now that she was crying. It
was the result of sorrows over the previous days that also added to the
crying. Is anything making you sad on this joyous holiday? Jesus appears to
Mary, although Mary at first does not realize it. Jesus asked her "Woman,
why are you crying?" Notice that Jesus cares when he asks that question.
Jesus cares about what is causing you sorrow and He wants you to tell him
when you have sorrows. He cares enough to listen. It is interesting that
Jesus turned her crying into joy with just one word. He spoke her name.
Jesus communicated to Mary that she should not cry because He, was very much
alive. The Lord Jesus turned her sadness into joy. This morning, I say to
you, if you are a Christian, if you have trusted Christ, as your Savior He
knows you by name. You can cease crying. I want to give you six reasons that
you may have joy.
1. DON’T WEEP! HE IS RISEN! The announcements that the angles gave the women
who came to the tomb, was, "He is risen." The message Jesus gave the two
disciples on the way to Emmaus was "He is risen!" The message to the
apostles and to Thomas was ’He is risen!" Jesus appearing to Mary was
declaring that He was alive. The message that God gives to us is ’Jesus is
risen!" Why is the resurrection a source of joy? The resurrection proves
that God has accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin. The resurrection promises
life after death. The resurrection shows us that Jesus is alive.
2. DON’T WEEP! WE have been REDEEMED! When you were born, you were born
under the control of sin and Satan and self. The only way for you to be set
free from your sin, Satan and self, someone had to pay the price set you
free. This is what redemption is. It is what Christ has done for all of
those that claim Him as Savior. It is the precious blood of Christ who is
the sinless son of God that was shed for you.
3. DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REGENERATED! That means we have been born again. If
you have truly trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior, you have been born into the
family of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is regeneration. Why
should you not cry because you have been regenerated? You should not cry
because you have new life in Christ now! Although you have problems, you
have new life in Christ! Although the devil is now your enemy, you have new
life in Christ. You now have all the power and ability to handle your
difficulties through Christ!
4. DON’T WEEP! HE IS living inside! If you have been regenerated the Spirit
of the living God lives within you. Christ dwells in you. He is living
inside. The Spirit of Christ is present to comfort and help you. The Holy
Spirit brings comfort to you when you hurt. The Holy Spirit tells you that
you are a child of God. The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness. The Holy
Spirit produces fruit. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray. Our lives should
be to abide in Him and to remain close to have fellowship with Him.
5. DON’T WEEP! HE WILL RETURN! JN 14:3 "if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye