Peter and John knew about YAHSHUA’S coming death and resurrection, as He warned them. But, where were they? One quick glimpse and that was all they could focus on. Why were they not concerned about the body of YAHSHUA, when they did not see Him in the tomb? Where were the other women who served Him, including His mother? Had they lost all hope in the One Who is Life and considered Him to be dead forever? Mary of Magdala however, stood above all, when she remained at the tomb site sobbing for her Master. No, she wasn’t going anywhere until she found out where they had taken away her Lord, for she too, as one of the disciples, did not understand the statement of Scripture that He must rise from the dead (John 20:9b). While she wept, she stooped down into the tomb and saw two angels, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of YAHSHUA was (vs.11-12). At the question of the angels why was she crying, she poured out the anguish of her soul and said, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him (vs.13). Heavy with worries, this was the second time she had shared the anguish of her soul. Things were about to change for her however, when she turned around, and she saw the Lord YAHSHUA standing there, Who asked the same question, Woman, why are you crying, for Whom are you looking? Mary supposing Him to be the gardener, for the third time, she shared her anguish: Sir, she said, if you carried Him away from here, tell me where you have put Him and I will take Him away (vs.14-15). What was keeping Mary from recognizing the Lord’s voice and Him personally? The tears of her anguish copped with anxiety, kept her from benefiting from the Lord’s presence. But at the mentioning of her name, Mary recognized Him and uttered, Rabboni, which meant, Teacher and Master (vs. 16).
For Mary, YAHSHUA was still the Teacher, as before His death. But things had changed. His ministry had come to an end and no longer was He a Rabbi, but Lord God. From that time on, His relationship with men was going to be a spiritual one, through His Holy Spirit; no longer was He going to be seen, but felt through the presence of His Holy Spirit, Whom He was going to send following His ascension. His Spirit was going to be the Counselor, the Teacher, and the Comforter of all Who followed Him. So, YAHSHUA told her to go to “My” brethren that I am ascending to My Father and to your Father, to My God and your God (vs.17). So, Mary left with the good news that she had seen the Lord.
YAHSHUA had many followers, but Mary was the first one the Lord appeared to after His resurrection. Peter and John came to the tomb and left, without waiting. But Mary’s heart sobbed to see the Lord, being the only one. He saw her heart’s pain and came to her in an unprecedented surprise. She, out of all people, including His mother, whose relationship ended at the cross when He presented her to John to care for. Mary teaches us a very beautiful lesson we must treasure it in our heart to do it. Our focus should be first of all on the Lord. Our focus should not be that of carrying Him on a cross on a necklace, for that implies that He is still dead. The Lord YAHSHUA will respond to us when we seek Him with a broken heart. Tradition, tradition, that’s what they say, unaware of the truth that has saved many and has set them free. It must be hopeless to believe on a dead savior, having to prove that He is dead by wearing him hanging on a golden chain. The angels said, He is not here, He is risen! Why then we must continue with tradition and deaf to the truth?
Mary’s heartbreak was because she was looking for the Living among those who were dead. She had the right idea, but was on the wrong place. She would have saved her emotional pain had her remembered the words of YAHSHUA: in three days I will rise from the dead; had her believed that YAHSHUA was the Son of God and the Author of life Himself, as He said, I lay down My life-to take it back again. No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. I am authorized and have power to take it back again (John 10:18) As in carrying Him on a necklace hanging on a cross, we are acting like Mary, looking for YAHSHUA among the dead. Carrying a dead Savior, we will never receive life eternal from Him, for we have positioned Him powerless as dead. For those of you who are wearing a necklace with YAHSHUA hanging on the cross, remember the angel’s words, He is not here, He is risen from the dead. Whereas this One, after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God (Heb. 10:12).
For remaining steadfastly at the tomb, even though not hoping to see YAHSHUA alive, she was rewarded with the blessing of being the first person to see the resurrected Savior, YAHSHUA. Filled with sorrow, and emotionally broken, she could not discern His voice, when He talked to her, but only when He called her by her name. Oh, what a joy she must have felt! If she would have had the chance, she would have worshiped Him at that moment; but YAHSHUA warned her not to cling to Him, for reason that He had not yet ascended to His Father; rather go to My brethren and tell them I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God (John 20:17). Do the fact remains, if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead (I Cor. 15: 14-19).
Because I live, (YAHSHUA affirmed), you shall live also. (John 14: 19). When Mary witnessed YAHSHUA being alive, she could count on her eternal salvation. He, the Firstfruit of all those who will believe in Him, granted life eternal not only to Mary, but to us also. He is our hope of glory; our eternal salvation. We celebrate His life with Mary and someday, we will see Him face to face; we will be as He is- holy. Then we will cling to Him in holiness, sanctified and glorified. He is not here; He is alive forever more. Praise the Lord!