“At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. ‘Woman,’ he said, ‘why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).” John 20:14-16
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 20
Reading: John 20
One of the more striking things about Jesus’ resurrection (besides the earthquake and angels) is the inability of the disciples to see it. Mary even came face to face with Jesus but couldn’t see him.
Has this ever happened to you? Probably more times that you would like to admit. Jesus is all around you but you just can’t see him. Sometimes we’re like the Pharisees and we just refuse to see him. Sometimes we are consumed with “life” that we can’t see him. Sometimes we are upset with what is going on around us or in our lives that we can’t seem him through the grief. Sometimes we feel he lets us down. Sometimes we feel forgotten. Sometimes we ignore him. Sometimes he’s not where we expect or want him to be. Sometimes he appears dead. No hope.
Then he speaks. There is something about that voice. It woke Mary up right away. He calls your name and continues to call. Remember the shepherd and the sheep? The sheep listen for the voice. If you can’t see him, chances are he’s trying to talk to you. He’s calling your name.