Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 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.”

14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 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.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. — John 20:11-18.

Peter and John return home. But Mary standing outside by the tomb weeping, stoops down and looks inside the tomb and sees two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where Jesus’ body had lain. They ask her why she is weeping. She says because she cannot find her Lord. She then turns around and sees Jesus standing there, but does not recognize Him. Jesus asks her why she is weeping and whom she is seeking. She takes Him for the gardener and tells Him to reveal the location of Jesus’ body so that she could take Him away.

Jesus calls her by her name, “Mary!” She recognizes Jesus! “Teacher!” Jesus tells her not to embrace Him because He has not yet ascended to His Father. He directs her to go and tell the disciples that He was ascending to His and their Father, His and their God.

Mary Magdalene goes and tells the disciples that she has seen the Lord and what He has told her.

Her faith in Him must be a spiritual trust rather than a physical dependence. [Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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