“Jesus spoke to her, [Mary Magdalene], ‘Why do you weep?’” John 20:15 (The Message Bible)
In the bible, we read about the emotions of the people who personally knew Jesus. A great example is when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb first thing on Monday morning (the day after Easter), and upon seeing the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, she ran “breathlessly panting” to tell the disciples. Then she stood outside of the tomb weeping. While kneeling down to look inside the tomb, two angels asked her why she was weeping. “They took my Master,” she said.” My Master … that is why she cried. Jesus had become more than a friend, and she wanted to care for him even after he had died.
Then Jesus spoke to Mary, and she knew his voice. Greatly relieved that he was alive, she wanted to grab on to him and keep him close to her, but Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me .…Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’” Now Mary had a personal relationship with God, too—“… your God,” Jesus said.
It is in the Easter message that we Jesus becomes our best friend for life and the understanding that God is really our Father, too.
Lord, prepare our hearts to be refreshed through the amazing Easter story. Amen.