SUBJ: The appearance of our Lord to
Mary Magdalene first at the Garden Tomb and the significance of His
revelations to her concerning Himself and the relationship of people to
AIM: That we might reverence Him
more and that we might rejoice in the relationships we enjoy as a result
of His identification with us.
INTR: Mary Magdalene continues to
figure significantly in the resurrection revelations of our Lord even as
she had been instrumental in bearing witness to Him from the time of her
1. We have noted that the she was maintained in her
devotion to Him as her Lord even though she thought Him dead.
grief is real in that she desired fellowship with Her Lord and Savior
above all else and if she could not have that she wanted to be as close
as possible to what remained that she might reverence Him in any way she
3. And having told the men and witnessed their departure she
returned and remained in her grief – we can only imagine her thoughts
and we will not speculate at such a poignant moment.
THESIS: While there is much that is
thrilling to consider at the fact and the manner of His revelation of
Himself alive from the dead, there is likewise much that serves to
define the relationships we now know and experience with Him as
believers in Him.
I. The chiding of the Angels (vv. 11-13)
Try as she may, her consternation remained great as she, like the
others, had not grasped the messages He had spoken before concerning His
death and resurrection. And we are reminded of the difficulty
experienced by human interpretation of divine things.
2. Again, she
looked into the tomb and saw two Angels in white carefully defining for
her the place where He had lain.
1) It is important that we note that
they were at the where His head and feet would have been with the empty
2) There was nothing in their demeanor that would have
suggested either concern or alarm.
3. Their question (and that of the
Lord to follow) was in fact a rebuke for her unbelief and
1) She was
honest in her reply that she was grieving at the absence of His body
2) She may have even thought by now that friendly hands had removed the
3) She must have been disturbed by the question.
revelation of Jesus (vv. 14-17)
1. It is difficult to interpret her
movements here in that she would have perhaps been averting her face
from the gaze of the Angels, her eyes would have been filled with tears
and being somewhat distraught her perceptions of things around her might
have been affected.
1) But she became aware of the presence of
another person (perhaps at some indication by the Angels) whom she did
i. Perhaps for the reasons stated above she did not
see clearly but
ii. It is more probable that Jesus would reveal
Himself to her and others as He deemed timely.
2) The voice of Jesus
did not register with her nor did the manner of the questions;
Again, why are you weeping in that there was no reason – remember His
words and the evidence in the tomb. (Faith was being given dimensions).
ii. Further He did not ask what she was seeking, but Whom – salvation is
3) Supposing Him to be the gardener she pursues her
immediate goal of locating His body and so she does what we all tend to
do – lean to our own understanding and seek our own devices – not seeing
or seeking our Living Lord.
4) Do we not often in our distress fail
to seek Him first and to recognize that He is there??
2. Then He
spoke her name and we are reminded by her response and ours that “My
sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”
1) With that
her knowledge of Him as her loving Lord and Master received new life and
2) She addresses Him with the highest term she knew
“Rabboni” and would have fallen at His feet as before.
response to her is very important even if difficult to understand
The words here are not with regard to a mere physical touch – He would
later invite Thomas to touch Him
2) Many thoughts arise as men seek
to infer several things
3) The words here seem to indicate that she
should not cling to Him in this physical form with the idea of resuming
the prior ways.
4) It was rather that the emphasis would become
i. It was certainly critical that they would know of His
bodily resurrection and existence and they would witness His bodily
ii. But, He was ascending to His Father! – But not just
4. Of especial importance and blessedness is the relationship
that He declares
1) He used the terms My Father and My God and then
added that He was your Father and your God.
2) In looking to God as
His Father the eternal relationship was declared and as God, this was
the man Christ Jesus identified with us and
5. He further instructed
her as to an immediate task – she was to go to “His Brethren” and give
them this message!!
III. The task of Mary Magdalene and us (v.
1. She reported to them as directed – a bearer of good news!
2. The substance of her message was that indeed He was risen and she had
seen Him and that He would be ascending to the His Father and our Father
and His God and our God!!!