Written by: Tim Wood
Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” (John 20:15 NLT)
The risen Jesus asked Mary Magdalene two important questions that each of us should carefully consider.
Question 1 – Why are you crying? There is nothing wrong with crying. “Sorrow may last for the night” according to the Bible. Christian’s grieve. We grieve and mourn about disappointments, the evil deeds of men and the death of loved ones. However, we are able to process our sadness in light of Jesus’ resurrection. This is what Mary wasn’t doing and why the angel and Jesus ask her the same question. Let’s be sensitive here, she had watched the trauma of Jesus’ crucifixion. We all would be weeping. The real sadness here is that she was focused on the tomb and not on Jesus. This question actually reveals that she was sad for the wrong reason. She was weeping because she believed the wrong thing. Jesus is alive! Our disappointments and losses need to be processed in light of Jesus’ resurrection. Is your focus on Him? Have you processed your sadness in light of Jesus’ resurrection?
Question 2 – Who is it you are looking for? Mary was seeking a dead Jesus. Mary was seeking a buried Jesus not a risen ONE. Jesus turns our sorrows into joy when we seek His living presence and power. Maybe Mary forgot that Jesus said He had to die. Don’t forget, especially when you’re full of sorrow that Jesus died for our sins so that we can be set free. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). What joy in this verse.
We not only seek a Savior who died for our sins we seek an exalted King. Jesus let’s Mary know at least two things. He hasn’t ascended to the Father yet, so she can let go of him. And he will ascend to the Father, so she can have JOY! We don’t cling to an earth bound Jesus we serve an exalted Savior. He’s sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for us! Romans 8:33 – 34 “who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us for the love of Christ?” This is how we process WEEPING through the death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus! He’s risen and interceding for us right now! Why are you weeping? Who are you seeking?