The Shock And Awe Of The Resurrection

It was early in the morning, shortly before dawn and Mary Magdalene had come to the tomb with spices as was the custom in those days. But the tomb was empty. Horrified, she figured someone had stolen the body. Tears flowing down her cheeks, she didn’t know what to do. She looked down into the tomb and there were two angels there, but she didn’t know they were angels.

“…and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.
Then they said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’
She said to them, ‘Because they have taken away my Lord,
and I do not know where they have laid him.’”
John 20:11-13

Perplexed, she turned around thinking she must go and tell the apostles that someone had taken away the body of Jesus.

vs 14-15
“…she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,
and did not know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her,
‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’
She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him,
‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him,
and I will take him away.’”

It was still dark and she was overcome with grief, and she didn’t recognize who this was until…

vs 16:
“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’”

Instantly she recognized his voice. Stunned and in total shock she cried out to him.
“…’Rabboni!’ (which is to say, “my Teacher”)

There before her stood the man who was bloodied beyond recognition just three days earlier. Mary had seen his disfigured body on the Cross, the blood flowing down from all his wounds, struggling for breath, the most grotesque sight she had ever seen, and she had seen him take his last agonizing breath. She could hardly believe her eyes! Here he stood before her, whole, clean, well. How could it be ….???

When he said her name, she was astonished. Here he was standing before her, in his perfect body. She knew that voice. She was absolutely dumbfounded. 

There had never been one who was risen from the dead, so it was normal that no one expected it. Jesus had spoken of it while he was with them, but they thought he was speaking parables, because this was beyond anything they had ever known. The absolute shock of realizing he had literally risen from the dead contained all the wonder, the amazement, the joy of recognition that flooded their very beings.

Having witnessed this, those who had followed him from the beginning of his ministry on earth, saw him die, and saw him alive before them …they went on to preach the Gospel everywhere. They were fearless and willing to die if need be because they had seen the miracle of the resurrection. Indeed, most of them ended up martyred for their faith. But they had seen Jesus! And there would now be no price too great to pay. They had seen Jesus. Risen from the dead. And the whole world needed to hear it.

All about Jesus Christ


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