Saturday, March 31, 2018

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” John 20:1

This is not a ‘stand alone’ verse. It doesn’t tell you anything about Mary or her faith, only that out of duty and love for Jesus she went to finish preparing the body for burial. And she saw “… that the stone had been taken away from the entrance.” You have to look at verse 2, and even that isn’t too helpful.

How does Mary know that Jesus is gone? She didn’t look in the tomb. Yet she runs and tells Peter and John, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb…” Of course there is no hint yet of a resurrection (see verse 9). They must have all fallen into a fearful panic!

Here’s the point: (read on through verse 18 for the full story). Our faith is not based on what we see or don’t see. It is based on the presence of our living Lord who calls us by name. And HE has! HE has known us even before our birth and will never abandon us.

Prayer: Jesus, we pray you whisper our name in our ear and send us the Holy Spirit that we may hear you. Amen.

Pastor Barth

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