When was the last time you cried?  Do you remember?  There have been times in my life when years have passed without me shedding a tear.  Not anymore, the last time I cried was June 4.  That was an emotional Sunday for me, the news of Merle’s death and the baptism of Jonathan and Abigail stirred up all kinds of emotions in me. 

I am embarrassed to say that I have probably cried more in the past ten years of my life then the preceding 39 years combined.  I am not sure what happened, but it can be a movie, or a conversation and the tears start coming.  I feel like my emotions ore out of control when I am crying and I don’t like that. 

There are tears in our passage this week…

John 20:1-18     New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 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.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’s head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed, 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb, 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 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.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” 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.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not touch me, because 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.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and she told them that he had said these things to her.

What an interesting dialogue between Jesus and Mary. 

Why did Jesus choose to ask the questions he did?

Mary responded but didn’t answer the questions.

Why was Mary not able to recognize Jesus right away?

Mary, the first witness of the resurrected Jesus…

Mary, the first witness for the resurrected Jesus. 

Let’s talk about it on Sunday.

~ Pastor Dustin