John Lesson 27 Day 3

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John Lesson 27 Day 3

John 20:11-18

Mary says, “I have seen the Lord!”

7. a. The sheep recognize his voice.

Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb weeping while Peter and John went inside. Still weeping, she stooped down and looked into the tomb.

Her eyes were opened and, “She saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.” The angels must have looked like men to her. The whole situation was surreal, emotionally difficult, and thus confusing.

Jesus’ appearance may have changed somewhat or Mary’s eyes were blurry with tears. Jesus first asked Mary the same question as the angel, “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Then, “Who are you looking for?” After she answered his question, Jesus spoke her name, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).” ESV

—Trench wrote, “Jesus says to her, ‘Mariam,’ the Hebrew name, of which the Greek form is Maria.”  Jesus didn’t reveal Himself to Mary by telling her who He was, but by telling her who she was to Him.” (Guzik)

—”But when Jesus called Mary by name, she recognized His voice and discerned His heart.” (Guzik“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3 ESV

—Another possibility, it could be like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus whose “eyes were held so that they did not recognize Him.” (Luke 24:16) Later in verse 31, “their eyes were [instantly] opened and they [clearly] recognized Him, and He vanished (departed invisibly).” AMPC

b. Personal application

How often do I fail to perceive Jesus’ presence in the midst of an emotional crisis? And then I ask the “gardener” for help instead of praying.

God spoke to Elijah in a still small voice—a whisper. Lord, help me listen for your whisper in even the darkest night.

8. John 20:17

Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.

“In her joy, Mary had probably reverently embraced Jesus at the knees or ankles.” (footnote AMPC) (The women in Matthew 29:9 did so.)

The Greek word translated touch in the King James Bible means to fasten to, lay hold of. Since Jesus invited Thomas to “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.” (John 20:27 MSG) So Jesus must not

“Jesus was not protesting that Mary should not touch Him lest He be defiled, but was admonishing her not to detain Him because He would see her and the disciples again.” (Tenney)

Some scholars also speculate that after this visit with Mary, Jesus ascended to His Father and then returned and spoke to Thomas. If this was the case, we can only guess as to what He had to do in heaven that would have caused Him to forbid Mary Magdalene from touching Him. Some think that Jesus ascended to His Father that very day and sprinkled His blood on the mercy seat in heaven (Leviticus 16:14). (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)

In what seems to be Jesus’ next appearance recorded in Matthew 29:9-10, “The women fell down before Him, kissing His feet and worshiping Him. This time He said, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. Tell them I will meet them there.” (Voice)

9. John 20:18

“Jesus said to Mary, Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’”

I love that Jesus told her exactly what to do and what to say. And that Jesus chose a devout, passionate female worshiper to announce His resurrection.

Like Mary, I’d rather cling to Him in adoration and worship than go and deliver a message. But Mary was obedient.


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