If you had been murdered as an innocent man, what would you do first if you were raised from the dead? Some may seek revenge. Others may seek the largest crowd they could find to prove their innocence and power. What Jesus did is quite different...
He appeared to one woman to comfort her and tell her He was going to the father. Mary Magdalene was heartbroken after Jesus' death. She was weeping outside the tomb because the body of Jesus had vanished, when Christ Himself appeared to her.
16“Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
17“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” John 20:13-17
What Can We Learn About God through this Story?
1. He cares about each of us - one person at a time.
Jesus doesn't just show up to the masses to get His message out in the most efficient way. Instead, he's personal and intentional.
2. He chooses to share His truth through us.
Jesus chooses to share His message through Mary - even though He could've shared it Himself.
3. He entrusts His word to unexpected sources.
In that time and culture, women weren't typically regarded as leaders or mouthpieces for revolutions. But Jesus cares for and empowers even those that the world has dismissed.
4. The Father of Jesus is our Father too.