The Tomb is Empty

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.” John 20:1-10 ESV

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 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.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” 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 Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.” John 20:11-18 ESV

Further Scripture Reading:

Matthew 28:1-10
Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:1-12

He Is Risen!

Sunrise after the Sabbath, the first day of the week, heavy-hearted and grieving, Mary Magdalene and a group of women make their way toward the burial place of their Friend.

They are going to anoint His body; they are expecting to find His body. But instead of a funeral for a friend, they found an empty tomb. They are startled and frightened.

Angelic host proclaim “He is Risen!”

They charge the women with the important task of delivering the news to the disciples and Peter.

Mary immediately runs to tell Peter and John of the empty tomb. They race to the garden and find…nothing.
No body; No friend.
Just an empty grave and some burial linens.

As Mary weeps, a man captures her attention. Thinking He was the gardener, she inquires where Her Lord might have been taken.

One word – “Mary.”

Immediately she knew; she knew the voice of her Teacher, her Friend, her Savior – Jesus!

God Knows Your Name

Not only did Jesus speak Mary’s name, but notice in Mark 16:7 the angel charges Mary to go tell “the disciples and Peter.”

Only God could have known the inner feelings Peter had about his denial of Jesus and the grief of losing his closest friend. What depths of sorrow and regret Peter must be experiencing – He might have thought, “Surely God would never want to speak with me again. I have failed Him. What a loser I am.”

Yet God made a specific request through His angelic messenger – “Go tell the disciples and Peter.

Peter?! Peter? You mean the one who, just hours before, denied he even knew the Son of God? Are you sure, God?

Yes. Even Peter. His sins were covered at the cross, too. And, Jesus had some restoration in store for ol’ Peter. (John 21)

Good News

Easter Sunday not only brings the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, but it also brings the message of salvation from a God who knows your name.

He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5) and He knew your sins. He sent His only Son to suffer and die on the cross. Why? Because He deeply loves you.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

As you celebrate the Risen Savior today, may you, like Mary, hear His voice as He calls your name –

” {insert your name} I love you enough to die for you.” – Jesus

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