Sunday 12th April – Easter Sunday – 14th Station – Jesus is Risen
Alive Seiger Koder
St John 20:13 – 16
They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher).
This account of Mary weeping outside the garden tomb, has always fascinated me. I don’t know quite why, but it is a scenario into which each one of us could have fitted, given God’s amazing plan of having people in the right place at the right time. Here we find Mary literally breaking her heart as she finds the tomb of her beloved Lord empty. What’s more she sees in that place two angels in sparkling apparel where Jesus had been laid just three short days previously. To us mere mortals it seems obvious that she is mourning the loss of Jesus, as well as finding that even His body has gone missing, but the angels ask her why she is weeping. Surely they would know, and yet perhaps they need her to put this into her own words, as God often needs us to do, despite Him knowing everything about every situation?
We may need to put ourselves in the place where Mary stood on that Easter morning. Having gone early, making the discovery of the empty tomb, she runs to tell Peter and John (verse 3), and then returns there in quiet contemplation and great turmoil of heart. All of a sudden it would seem that as she turns around and alters her focus, she sees Jesus and yet does not recognise Him. Perhaps her grief has overtaken her, rather than forgetting His words that He would rise from the dead. She even supposes him to be the gardener, and as Jesus realises how great her loss is, in love calls her name, and then it is as though the proverbial penny drops.
I feel sure that we can often be like this, in the situation, but not of it, until there is that uniquely personal touch from our Saviour, calling us by name so that afresh we can respond wholeheartedly, to the wonder of his resurrection from the dead JUST AS HE SAID!
Living, Loving, All conquering Lord! Forgive us for those times when we don’t see you, When our minds forget how close you really are. Thank you that you have truly risen, Giving us victory, even over the last enemy of death itself. Even in the darkest of times may we acknowledge you, Feel you, trust you, love you and worship you unreservedly. AMEN
Verena Walder Lay Preacher and Local Church Leader. Tabernacle Mumbles.