6/13: Seeing Like Mary Saw

John chapter 20 tells us the glorious story of the Resurrection of our Savior. What a morning that must have been for His followers. However, the day started off with confusion on the part of Mary Magdalene. Still clutched by deep grief, she “went to the tomb early, while it was still dark.” To her utter dismay, she “saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb” and ran to tell the disciples that the body of Jesus was gone. Then she returned to the tomb and “as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb” only to see “two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.” After a bit of conversation with the angels, “she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus” until He spoke her name. Then her grief and confusion transformed into the joy in which she was able to live out the rest of her life.

We too can find ourselves in times of grief and confusion. When those times come our way, we can identify with Mary.

First, Mary saw lack. She had watched Jesus die and had been consumed by grief ever since. There was a hole in her heart that refused to be filled. This is what happens to us when we lose a precious loved one. We can also feel this way when we lose a dream. God does not fault us for this feeling of loss, in fact, the Bible is clear that “it rains on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

Second, though, Mary did not stop looking when she recognized her lack. As she kept looking at where she thought Jesus would be, she saw light. The two angels that were sitting where Jesus’ body used to be were dressed in white. The parallel passage in Matthew chapter 28 tells us that the angels’ clothes were “as lightening” – that’s pretty bright. Even when we are experiencing lack, like Mary, if we just keep looking for Jesus, we will begin to see light, which represents the hope we didn’t expect.

Finally, Mary saw the Lord. The confusion of the morning, His Resurrected state, and the total unexpectedness of the situation caused Mary to not even recognize her Savior. Jesus did not look like she expected Him to look (she expected Him to be dead). Jesus was where she expected Him to be (she expected Him to be inside the tomb). But then He spoke her name. Can’t you just visualize how Mary exhaled in sheer amazement at that moment? It’s Jesus, and He’s alive! Her message and her life were never the same again. Jesus lives to change our perspective and move us to higher heights.

When lack grips us, we must keep searching for light, and soon enough, we too will see and hear the Lord. When we see like Mary saw, our message and our lives will never be the same again either.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on June 13, 2013.

One Response to “6/13: Seeing Like Mary Saw”

  1. Like Mary, we are going to weep…like Martha, we are going to moan. Yet, I know that Jesus will work it out.

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