There’s a lot of voices in my head. Voices of fear. Doubt. Guilt. Worry. Comparison. Pride…constantly competing for my attention. Something tells me I’m not alone in this…
11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” John 20:11-13
Can you picture this? Here we find Mary having a full blown meltdown 3 days after Jesus’ body is placed in the tomb. Keep in mind that this is the same woman who witnessed pretty much all of Jesus’ final days…like the time when He said He would rise from the dead on the 3rd day…yet here she is, so shaken by what she feels about a situation that she completely misses that she is speaking to angels! Then it says…
14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize Him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought He was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will go and get Him.”
(Here we go again with the drama…Mary is so caught up in her own fear that she doesn’t even recognize that she is speaking to Jesus Himself!)
16 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!”.
After having spent so much time with Jesus, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Mary could miss Jesus. You know what’s even harder for me to understand? How could Mary have heard Jesus speak about rising from the dead on the 3rd day and on day 3 be in this state of panic because His body is missing? But isn’t this a perfect picture of us sometimes? We let all of our emotions and fear cloud our ability to hear His voice & to recognize Him in the midst of our circumstance. We listen to the voices that tell us that Jesus won’t do what He said…that He couldn’t possibly be able…that surely He must have left us…
But Jesus, knowing exactly what Mary needed, called her by name and all at once she knew that it was Him. He was alive! And His word was true!
My prayer for you is that when you are faced with times of doubt or uncertainty, that your ears would be finely tuned to His voice.
The voice with the authority to command our world into existence.
The voice that called Mary by name and instantly erased her fear and doubt.
The voice with the power to resurrect new life in us.
What voice will you listen to?
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