Don't Cry

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"Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb… and said, 'They have taken the Lord from the tomb.'" - John 20:1, 2b

“Why are you crying?” -- That’s a question that Mary gets asked not once, but twice, in our passage today. The answer is obvious to her — someone has taken away Jesus’ body! That’s certainly worth a good cry.

But Mary doesn’t know something that the angels and Jesus know as they ask her the question. They all know that Jesus has come back to life! All three know that hope has come back from the dead. They know that death has been conquered. They know that Jesus’ promises have all come true.

They know that it’s ridiculous that Mary is crying. But Mary doesn’t know any of this, so she’s crying. How quickly she stops once she realizes that Jesus isn’t the gardener after all!

Do you think some of the sadness around us would go away if people knew what we know: that Jesus’ tomb is empty? Could there be hope where there was despair? Could there be joy where there was sadness? Could there be life where there was death?

You are risen from the dead, Lord Jesus! You have defeated death and given the world hope! Strengthen us to tell others about your victory and to help our sadness disappear. Hallelujah! Amen.
Apr 1 2018