I would like to quickly look at the passage from John:
John 20:15-16 (KJ2000) ” 15 Jesus said unto her, Woman, why do you weep? whom do you seek? She, supposing him to be the gardener, said unto him, Sir, if you have borne him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus said unto her, Mary. She turned, and said unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Teacher.”
So much is in this verse. I need to weep. I need to seek.
Mary Magdalene sees Jesus resurrected. She recognizes Him when she hears Him say her name.
She then turns. She repents.
She says Rabboni.
or be my teacher, Jesus.
Rabboni also means master and Lord.
What did Mary Magdalene hear when Jesus said her name?
It was something recognizable. Was it like the authority my parents have when they speak my name louder and I know I’m in trouble?
Was it like the love my wife has when she speaks my name softer and I know I am loved?
Did thunder and lightening occur when Jesus said ‘Mary’?
No. There were no lightening bolts.
In fact Jesus goes on to tell her not to touch Him. I think because she is hearing in a spiritual way and touching Him physically is going down the wrong path.
Instead of trying to touch Jesus physically. I need to keep hearing Him spiritually.
I think He is calling my name in that echo like way that He did when He said ‘Let there be light.’
His voice continues to echo for eternity so that light keeps shining.
If I can hear His voice, He will keep saying my name for eternity also.
There is much research on why Mary did not recognize Jesus. This is a physical avenue. I am more interested in why she did recognize Him after He said her name.
Mary was thinking He was the gardener. It must have been surprising when He said her name because it showed that He knew her.
‘How do you know my name?’, would have crossed her mind.
Immediately she puts the pieces together. Jesus is alive and He is God and He is her Lord.
Verse 17 goes on “Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
My first thought is how sad that Jesus doesn’t just hug her. But how wrong am I? How physically tied up I am? I miss the best thing Jesus said – “I ascend to my Father and your Father; to my God and your God.”
Wow! I want Jesus to make His Father my father and His God my God.
And I want it more than a hug.
Lastly Mary Magdalene does what He told her. She tells His brethren. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia. Praise God.
Did she wonder if they would believe her? I am certain that she did. But she did what Jesus told her because she believed, because she loved him and most of all because He made His God her God and His Father her Father.
Well Mary Magdalene had been working with Him on this all along, but Jesus is the one who makes heart, mind, spirit changes happen ultimately just as He enables everyone to take every breath.
He is the bread of life and the water of eternity. He is the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end. He is the way the truth and the life. Nothing lives without His continual support.
Jesus is risen from the dead.
He will raise every person with Him who seeks Him and hears Him say their name.
‘Jesus, be my Lord.’