Mary was distraught. She had come to the tomb and was shocked to find that Jesus’ body wasn’t there. We don’t know how long she stood there or what thoughts were spinning through her head but we do know that she reached the conclusion that someone had removed the body (John 20.2)
She ran to tell Peter and John who had responded by coming to see for themselves. They had both looked around but now they had gone and she was left alone, crying outside of the tomb.
One of the things I find sad (if it’s possible to find a sad bit about the resurrection story) is that the Bible says that John believed that Jesus had risen but then he just goes home leaving Mary crying. Did he say something on the way past or was he too wrapped up in what he was feeling? Either way, I really feel for Mary.
Mary then encountered some angels and then Jesus (who she didn’t recognize) and they all asked her (unlike Peter and John who had cleared off) why she was crying. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
Mary felt broken. Her fellow disciples had left her and now people kept asking her why she was crying. Why would they ask that, wasn’t it obvious? Her Lord had been tortured and executed and now it looked like someone had taken his body away.
The description ‘Mary was crying’ is completely inadequate. We can only imagine the anguish that she was feeling. She was so consumed by her pain that she didn’t recognize that angels were talking with her and she also didn’t even recognize Jesus. Then in a wonderful moment of clarity, Jesus speaks her name and the penny drops as she realizes that no one has moved the body but that JESUS IS ALIVE!!!
Do you feel broken today? Are you living with hurt that conumes you?
If so, will you meet with Jesus and pour out our hearts once he asks; why are you crying? As we do so, our honesty will begin our healing!