Jn.20:13 -16 – And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they put Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and yet she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Thinking that He was the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).

Mary was privileged to be the very first to meet the resurrected Savior. Do you think this encounter could have been accidental? Absolutely not! Mary was intended to be the first. Could this be the echos of Christ’s words to the Pharisee, “the one who is forgiven the most loves the most” Many have wondered if Mary Magdalene could have been the very one that Jesus referred to, she was possibly that first one in Luke’s gospel who humbled herself and washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and her hair. This may be the very reason she was chosen to be the one who saw Jesus first, after all her sins had been washed away and now she could approach her Lord. Here is how Adam Clarke describes this scene.

“The inspector or overseer of the garden, an inspector-the person who had the charge of the workmen, and the care of the produce of the garden; and who rendered account to the owner. “Mary”. This word was no doubt spoken with uncommon emphasis; and the usual sound of Christ’s voice accompanied it, so as immediately to prove that it must be Jesus. What transports of joy must have filled this woman’s heart! Let it be remarked that Mary Magdalene sought Jesus more fervently, and continued more affectionately attached to him than any of the rest: therefore to her first, Jesus is pleased to show himself, and she is made the first herald of the Gospel of a risen savior.”

I can’t think of a greater honor, to see Him first and to be the first to utter those timeless words, “HE IS RISEN”. Maybe you have struggled, like Mary did, to believe that Christ was really alive again. How can your fears be quenched? Like Mary’s were, wait for Him at the empty tomb and you may hear Him call your name too.

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