“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. John 20:13-14
Did you take your
Brothers money clip
No I may have put it in a
I don’t know. Kitchen?
So we began checking the kitchen junk drawer, the cabinet drawers by the front door, all the drawers we could think of. When my oldest arrived home, he joined the search. As he searched for the money, he continued to have a vague memory of putting the money clip away someplace. My youngest went out to search the car it again. We had both searched it already, but he wanted to check it again since it was the last place he remembered having it. The past weekend we had gone shopping because his brother wanted to buy a pair of jeans, and my youngest decided to bring all of his cash with us.
I know what you’re thinking, but I try not to nag my sons even when they are making a poor decision. We believe some lessons are learned best via experiencing natural consequences. But this time, I was questioning my approach.
I was still rummaging through the house checking drawers and spots I had already checked when I heard my oldest yell, "Found it!"
“Where was it?” I yelled back.
"I had put it into his gift bag that was on the coffee table. When I saw it, I remembered what I had done with it.” he explained.
“Go, tell your brother! He’s in the car.”
Meanwhile, my youngest had just offered up a desperate prayer, “Dear God, please let me find my money. But if it is so that You do not want me to have the money, so be it. Your will be done. I do not need the money, I only need You, Amen.”
Moments later, he heard his brother yell from the garage, “I found it.”
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Cameron put his brother’s money clip into the gift bag to keep it safe. It was never actually lost he just forgot what he had done with it. From scripture and from what Jesus had told Mary and the disciples it should have been clear that Jesus would rise from the dead on the third day. But they forgot what they knew, and they searched for His dead body, not the resurrected Christ.
while he was still with you in Galilee:
‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners,
be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
Then they remembered his words.
I used Biblehub.com to search for the phrase "I will never leave you nor forsake you." and I was surprised to find multiple listings: 1 Kings 8:57, Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8, Joshua 1:5, 1 Chronicles 28:20.
But Hebrews 13:5 was perfect for what I learned from this situation.
and be content with what you have,
because God has said, "Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you."
God says, “Be Still and know that I am God," but we keep up a head-spinning pace and forget everything He has taught us.
Will we go and do our part, trusting that God will do His?
My oldest was tempted to leave his brother searching for his money. They like to mess with each other that way. I didn’t want my youngest to worry anymore, so I told him, "Go, tell your brother.”
I was not privy to the fact that my youngest had made peace with the loss right about the same time his older brother had found the money. God graciously answered my son’s desperate prayer, and his brother was the bearer of the good news.
'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.
There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
We do not have the burden of proof. We are to go and share The Good News, and God is the one who validates the truth to those we tell. We don’t have the power or privilege of making someone believe. Only the Holy Spirit can draw someone to faith. We are instructed to, "Go tell the others."
Will we go?
We have to let go and trust, recognizing Jesus and receiving the gift of a relationship with Him.
Spencer eventually let go and trusted God with the outcome. How often do we fail to trust God with our problems.
but the men said to them,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
“and I don’t know where they have put him.”
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,
but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?
Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said,
“Sir, if you have carried him away,
tell me where you have put him,
and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,
“Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
God calls our name in many different ways trying to get our attention so that we will turn back and set our gaze on Jesus. God wants us to remember all that He has done and all that He offers to do for us.
the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 NASB