John 20:11–18 (ESV)
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 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.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 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.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned
and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
Yesterday’s tomb was
empty... he had arisen, but they did not know it yet. That changes in today’s reading. There is almost a sense of excitement as you read this... wondering which Mary? This is Mary Magdalene. She knew it was Jesus when he said
to her, “Mary.” All she needed to hear was Jesus calling her name. She is so excited to see him alive, that she hugs him in an embrace without letting go. She was clinging to him, but Jesus tells her to “not cling to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father. She goes and tells the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” You know, that is exactly what we will be seeing when we go to heaven and see Jesus face to face! “I have seen the Lord.”
I pray: O Lord, I look forward to the day when I can call your name and see you face to face. You may be telling me to not cling to you! O Lord, forgive me of my sins and restore me to your kingdom.
I thank you for everything you have done for me. Amen.