Do You Forget?

John 20: 18: “Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.”

I can’t imagine the sense of brokenheartedness and hopelessness Mary and the other disciples felt as the soldiers beat Jesus, crowned him with thorns, and nailed him to the cross.

Although Jesus said he would be raised up on the third day, his followers forgot about that promise

Mary Magdalene felt sad and scared in John 20:2. She ran to Simon Peter and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

However in verse 16, she heard one word, “Mary,” and “turned around and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).”

In one electrifying utterance of the word, “Mary,” Mary Magdalene recognized the voice of Jesus Christ. Her feelings of sadness and fear vanished.

Do we, like Mary, get caught up in the emotions of our circumstances or the appearance of them and forget the precious promises of our Lord? Do we forget we have a personal relationship with the living Lord?

The Lord is no longer nailed to the cross or buried in a tomb. God has raised him from the dead. He is alive.

Dear God, please help me avoid an emotional upheaval. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to celebrate your personal relationship with the risen Lord?

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