On the first Easter morning, Mary was looking at the empty tomb and met Jesus.
She had come in sorrow and confusion. All the memories of Him flooded her mind. Jesus had loved her, forgiven her, and made her so many promises. But now Jesus seemed to be so far away, all of those things seemed distant to Mary.
Mary needed to see Jesus. That is why she was last at the Cross, and first at the Tomb. Mary came needing Him, and now would be first to see the Risen Christ. Only He could strengthen her faith and comfort her heart and that is what He did.
But that was 2,000 years ago—and it seems so long ago and so far away.
We live so distant at times from the quietness of the garden on Resurrection morning.
We live so removed from the gracious assurances that Jesus offered to Mary.
But that is only our fault, because the truth of the resurrection is that Jesus is alive. And since He is alive He is doing the same things He did then.
Did you catch that? Jesus wants us to know that He is still doing just what He did that morning, and in the days that followed. So much of His ministry was assuring the disciples of what they already knew, and encouraging them to do what He left them here to do.
This morning, will you meet again the Risen Christ?
And as you meet Him, will you see what He is doing today? That is what He wants for us–to see Him, and even, more believe Him. And then respond to His work in us through His Word.