“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.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’”(John 20:15-16 NIV)
Here we find Mary weeping again. The last time she was like this was when her brother Lazarus had died. He had become ill and died. They sent word to Jesus but He delayed coming so they all would see the power He possessed. When He did come, He was moved by Mary’s grieving heart. And He raised Lazarus from the dead.
In today’s passage, Mary is upset because she thinks someone has taken Jesus away. I wouldn’t say she’s hysterical, but I see the same type of fear here as when Lazarus died. It’s almost as though she’s been let down because things didn’t happen as she thought they would. She knew if Jesus came to Lazarus when he was sick, he would have been healed. Instead, Jesus wanted to show that He could raise him from the dead. Here Mary thinks Jesus death is final. And again, Jesus has the final word, not death.
I have felt like Mary so many times. I have looked at circumstances and thought they were impossible. I have prayed through things thinking there is no way out. I have considered something final and the Lord has come along to show He is not finished. Jesus always has the last word.
I noticed something here I had never noticed before. On both occasions, Jesus comes to Mary when her heart is weak and weary. He sees her tears, feels her pain and it moves Him. He comes to Mary before he goes to the disciples because she needs Him.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.(Psalm 34:18NIV)
Our prayers are important to God. He sees our hearts, knows our pain and comes to us. We have to remember to look to the Lord when things seem impossible. And we need to persevere. Jesus decides when it is finished.
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