Day 4 – Mary Encounters Jesus

Jn 20:11-18 (ESV)

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. ‘” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

I love this Holy encounter! Mary is an emotional wreck (how many of you could at some point in your existence relate?), too much has gone on in a short period of time and she’s about to snap (again, can you relate?). Then Jesus opens her eyes. That’s the encounter that changed everything. The Resurrected Life is all about Holy encounters that changes everything. One minute your world is being twisted out of shape, the next, it’s right-side up. Jesus has that kind of effect. One glance, one moment and poof it’s changed. This is the “Jesus Effect”. My prayer is that more and more people would be touched in the same way, that their eyes would be open to see Jesus for who He truly is.