When Mary said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus asked her, "Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?" Mary thought that this was the man that takes care of the garden. So Mary said to him, "Did you take Jesus away, sir? Tell me where you put him. I will go and get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Jewish language, "Rabboni." (This means "Teacher.")
— John 20:14-16 NLT
"My sheep know my voice!" Jesus had said. Indeed, they do. While Mary did not recognize Jesus at first, as soon as he said her name, she knew! One of these days Jesus will say each of our names and we will rise to meet him and go home to live with him forever. Our assurance of this future is rooted in what happened here to Mary—her Lord died, was buried, was raised and has given each of us the promise of life with him forever.
Almighty God, how can I thank you for such a wonderful hope! Thank you for Mary, whose faith held firm through her sorrow, despair, and confusion. Thank you for her experience, which helps me anticipate the day when Jesus will say my name and I will see him face to face. In the glorious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 5:24-25
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
- Matthew 11:2-5
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.