John 20:11-24 (NIV)
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary struggled identifying Jesus until He called out her name. When He called out her name she listened and replied. We need to make sure we are listening for that “still small voice” calling out to us in its various ways. When we hear we need to obey and we should “get excited” that the God of this universe is calling out to us.
These 7 verses contain multiple messages but for this day here is the take away! Jesus said “I am ascending to my Father and to your Father, to my God and to your God”. Jesus referred to our Heavenly Father as “His God” but He also called Him “our God”. The fact that our creator Jesus called His Heavenly Father “our God” is a powerful statement and should instill great confidence in us as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Look at what our Heavenly Father has done for us through His Son Jesus!
Happy Easter and Blessing to each of you this day!
Chet Wiswell, Elder
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