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Day 47 - Jesus Appears to Mary


Video Host: Josias Rodriguez - Spanish Eastern DYD

Big Scripture: John 20:11–18 (NLT)

11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” 16 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”). 17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message. 


Big Idea:

In this story, Mary Magdalene is asked the same exact question twice: “Dear woman, why are you crying?” First an angel asks her that question, then Jesus asks it too. It’s worth noting that both the angel and Jesus are using a term of endearment when they say,dear”; but then Jesus went further and said, “Mary!” God loved Mary so much He called her by name and already knew the answer to the question. Mary was crying because she believed that someone had taken Jesus’ body. She still didn’t seem to understand that Jesus was alive. Isn’t it amazing that God is kind to us even in our lack of belief? He doesn’t come to angrily berate us for not seeing, but to kindly invite us to look again. 

Mary didn’t recognize Jesus, and we don’t know exactly why. Maybe He prevented her from recognizing or maybe she was too flooded with emotions to see. Maybe it was because she didn’t expect Him to be there. Maybe it was because His youthfulness and vitality were restored to Him and He wasn’t as she remembered Him in His final hours. Whatever the reason, we do know that once Mary heard Jesus say her name she immediately knew who He was. 

Have you heard Jesus call your name? Have you heard the Spirit whisper truth to your heart? He may have spoken to you through the Bible, a sermon, a song, or a friend’s kind words. God knows your name and He is calling to you to believe in Him. In your moments of sorrow, keep listening and lookingHe is speaking, and He is faithfully working! 


Big Questions:

  • When is the last time someone really surprised you by showing up?

  • How did Mary respond when she realized who she thought was the gardener was Jesus? 

  • How can you learn to hear God’s voice? 

  • Why is it important to listen to and obey when He speaks to you

Big Prayer:

Thank You for coming to me in my sadness and speaking kindly to me. Thank You that You don’t condemn me for my lack of strength and belief, but You kindly invite me to look again and consider again who You are and what You have done for me. Spirit, thank You for calling me by name and speaking to my heart through Your Word. Give me a greater hunger for Your Word. Cause me to be sensitive to Your Spirit. Help me to listen and respond to what You are saying. In Jesus’ name, Amen.