“Woman, Why Are You Crying?”

By on April 11, 2020

Mary stood at the entrance to the tomb of Jesus this very day, many years ago. She found the tomb empty, missing her beloved teacher. Mary stood there considering her great loss still raw from watching Jesus die on the cross just 2 days ago. Alarmed, she was questioned by the two angels seated further in the tomb.  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.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 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.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” John 20: 13-17

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The death of Jesus

The death of Jesus on the cross 2 days prior to Easter Sunday, tore the curtain to the Holy of Holies! It broke down the established means to have access to the living God and creator. The blood poured out over Jesus’ body, the cross, and soil. It poured freely without any resistance.

Not satisfied with the law, God had to rid sin forever. God needed to remove the barrier that was created between Him and His creation. A sacrifice worthy of His wrath was needed. Only God’s son could be a sacrifice worthy and justify the cost. Not an angel, not a prophet or any other person would bring a sacrifice valued enough to meet the value of the redemption.

Conquered death 

The death and sacrifice paid our price, but Jesus wasn’t done there. No, He needed to complete the work and completely conquer everything that stood in the way of His creation. Jesus conquered death by being resurrected. It gave Jesus the ability to overcome all powers and principalities in both the physical and spiritual realms.

Jesus continued to float effortlessly between the physical and supernatural worlds over the next 40 days before His ascension to Heaven. This is a great example of how God has the ability to intervene with miracles in the physical world from the supernatural realm.

Easter brings you to hope

In our lives, like Mary, we will often find ourselves crying. I hear God asking us today, “Woman, why are you crying?”

Many times, we are crying because we are seeing our hopes and desires disappear. Mary thought that her beloved teacher had been carried off. What of yours that you love has been “carried off”?

Jesus who stood in front of her had given her so much more than she even knew she needed. I believe that Jesus stands right beside you today, having already done more for you than you could even have imagined. Jesus has given you more than you even considered. Take hope from His action in dying on the cross. Take hope that He holds all authority!

God has acted before and is 100% involved in everything today. Trust Him and rest in the knowledge that He is able to cut through the barrier between super-natural and natural. He will intervene and bring the miracles needed at the right time!

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“Woman, Why Are You Crying?”