Four letter words
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” John 20. 1-2
I was struck by these verses at our Easter Sunday service.
When frustrated, angry or disappointed it’s all too easy to blame someone else for what’s gone wrong.
After the cross Mary Magdalene came to the tomb to embalm the Lord. Seeing the stone had been rolled away, and his body missing she jumps to conclusions and blames the anonymous THEY for the apparent absence.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “MARY.”
John 20. 11-16
The four letter word “they” is replaced “Mary” and in a moment the world has become a different place.
Dejection is turned to exultation as the living one is not found amongst the dead.
On Easter Sunday may we each hear the call of the one who conquered death and calls us to repentance.
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12. 32-33