It was very early in the morning and three women who probably wept and didn’t sleep all night came to the tomb of Jesus. Each of the gospels recall the event but in John’s gospel he focuses on Mary’s personal encounter with Jesus.
We find Mary weeping outside the tomb and 2 angels ask her why she was weeping and she replies:
John 20: 13 “She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
The story continues in verses 14 and 15:
14 “Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
Mary didn’t recognize the man speaking to her - she thought he was the gardener
John 20:15b “She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Then everything changes when “Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
Yes, everything changes when He calls your name. Does He call us by name? Isaiah answers that question with a resounding yes.
Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”
Once Jesus calls Mary by name her weeping is turned into joy, her hopelessness is turned to hope and she goes from being a mourner to being a messenger.
John 20:18 “Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.”
I promise you he calls each and everyone of else by name because HE LOVES US…
As I have been musing over this Donna tells me about a song. Please give it a listen.
Pastor Brian R. Weeks began ministering in 1972 and has served as a pastor to both youth and young adults. He also served as an associate pastor for eleven years, and then for 25 years as a senior pastor, apostolic missionary, and church planter. In March of 2017 he released his church Solomon’s Porch, but in order to remain part of the local church, continues to serve among its several pastors.