The Empty Tomb
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” John 20:11-16a
How do you read the Holy Bible?
When you read it, are you looking for solutions to your own problems? Or, are you looking for God among its pages?
It makes a difference, how you read.
As we celebrate the victory over death, victory over sin, victory over hell and the devil in the empty tomb of our Lord, may we consider these things.
Consider that He is the person, the embodiment of Love and Truth.
Hatred of anything, anyone other than sin and evil is devoid of God.
Pride and Love cannot coexist.
Jealousy and Love cannot coexist.
When Mary finally recognized Jesus outside the garden tomb, she called Him, Rabboni. This word carries so much weight beyond the word Rabbi or Teacher. Rabboni, the word spoken in Aramaic, had no greater exaltation than this word, Rabboni or My Great Master. Mary was changed—yet again—by the presence of Jesus outside the tomb.
It was because she was looking for Him.
Are you looking for Jesus? If you are, then you will find Him, and you will be changed by Him, yet again, just like Mary.
"I love those who love me. Those who earnestly seek me find me." Proverbs 8:17
"No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people." Romans 2:29