1. A Powerful Lesson from Mary Magdalene
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When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn’t know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” 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.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, “Teacher!” (John 20:14-16 WEB)
Mary Magdalene encountered the Messiah. She followed him as he ministered on earth and stood alongside his mother as he hung on the cross. She watched Jesus die. But after he rose from the dead, Mary failed to recognize him. This woman who knew Jesus, one who had walked alongside him, suddenly stood unaware.
But then Jesus spoke, and Mary heard. She recognized her Savior.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of a trial and we wonder where Jesus is. We don’t “see” him in circumstances, and we wonder if we missed him altogether. But then he “speaks” and we realize Jesus was there, right beside us, all along.
Perhaps it’s a Bible verse taking us deeper in meaning, a Sunday sermon targeting our need, wisdom from the Holy Spirit at an unexpected time, or the words of a fellow Christian falling perfectly. As followers of Jesus, we recognize his voice, and we can rest assured that he stands near.
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