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Summary: When we see Jesus we can stop crying.

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WHY ARE YOU CRYING! "I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!"

John 20:10-18

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

say, Rejoice."

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


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