When Jesus Says Your Name

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Devotion: John 20:1-17

“Christ the Lord is risen today!  Alleluia!

It was still dark on the first day of the week; when Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of her Lord.  She saw the tomb was open and empty.  Immediately she ran to tell Peter and John; “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have placed the body.”  John arrived first as he and Peter ran to see for themselves, the truth of Mary’s proclamation.  The linen cloths lay there, the face cloth folded up in a place by itself.  Jesus is the first born of the dead. He stands alone, set apart, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

John saw and believed, even though it was hard for him and Peter to understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.  The disciples went back home; while Mary stood outside the tomb weeping openly.  I can only imagine the next scene.  All of a sudden; she saw two angels sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. Humm,  I wonder if it was the same two angels that previously guarded the mercy seat of God’s earthly tabernacle?  He left His Holy Spirit to tabernacle with us; until the day He takes us to heaven.

The angels spoke and said “Woman, why are you weeping?”  Mary told them, “They have taken my Lord, and I do not know where they have lain Him.”  You see Mary knew how many hated Jesus because He claimed to be God’s only begotten Son. Immediately Mary turned around and saw a Man she did not recognize.  Jesus asked her the same question as the angels, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She thought He was the gardner and begged Him to tell her the place of her Lord.  It was at that moment, Jesus called her name, “Mary.”  Oh sweet reader, although she didn’t recognize the face of the One she knew so well; she recognized His voice. Do you?  Know His voice?  Do you ask Him to “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening?” On this day, ask Him, to speak to you.  He longs for you to hear HIs voice.

Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.”  Sweetest sound we can ever hear, is the voice of our Savior.  Now Mary understood. Now the disciples would also understand, that Scripture was fulfilled.  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Prayer in Motion:

Hallelujah Lord! You are risen indeed!  I worship You this day; in Spirit and in Truth!  Thank You for dying for me and giving me eternal life; as well as abundant life on this earth.  I praise You and bless the Name above all Names; Jesus my Savior, and my soon coming King.”  Hallelujah!

 

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