Insights from a Glory-Bound Lady”
Volume 2 Number 20 “Great Blessings from the Risen Savior”
May 15th, 2019
Easter was by far Karen’s favorite Sunday of the entire year. Even though she typically would have a large lunch after the Easter morning services to feed fifteen or twenty people, she would be found in the kitchen singing, praising and often crying with joy. Her Savior was alive. He had risen.
In one of her Bible study journals from 2011, I found this note written from her study of John 20:1-18. In this account, Mary Magdalene is nearly overwhelmed with sorrow as she was certain the body of Jesus had been stolen from the tomb. Let me share the verses, and then I’ll share with you what Karen wrote.
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master” (John 20:15-16).
Karen wrote about the application of Mary’s encounter with the risen Savior in the garden.
Karen wrote: The application:
– He cares and is always nearby.
– He consistently points me back to Himself.
– He is patient with me.
– He knows my name.
Michael’s observation: This is one of the texts that many of us preached or taught recently at Easter. However! It is not just for Easter, and it is not just for ladies. Though it is the record of Mary Magdalene, it is great for us all. Sometimes in our situations we become so overwhelmed and out of focus that we totally misunderstand God’s moving and working. The greatest disaster (their fear that His body had been stolen) was actually the greatest blessing (He arose!). In all my situations I know Karen’s applications for herself are also good for me. He even knows my name!