Study | Sharing the Gospel, pt. 2

John 20:11-18

What we do with our knowledge of the Gospel makes all the difference

The second part of this Bible story centers around Mary Magdalene. John and Peter just left the tomb after seeing it was empty, leaving Mary there alone.

Mary starts weeping over the loss of her Savior. With blurry vision, she looks in and suddenly sees two angels sitting exactly where Jesus’ body had been laid just a couple days ago. They ask her, why are you crying? To which Mary answers, “They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put him.”

What a heart-wrenching thing to admit. I can imagine that this realization hits her, making her cry more fiercely.

Little does she know that Jesus is standing right behind her. She turns and sees a man, but doesn’t recognize him! Mary mistakes Jesus for a gardener when he asks why she is crying. “Who is it you’re looking for?”

Mary, not caring if she touches the dead, the unclean, answers: “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” What a powerful image of Mary’s dedication to her Lord.

Jesus hears Mary, he sees her in her distress. He calls to her. “Mary.”

So simple, so profound.

Rabboni! My Teacher!” Mary exclaims in recognition of her Savior.

He responds to this dedicated, immovable woman. Don’t cling to me now, don’t hold on to my physical form. I’m not done. I will ascend to my Father. But first, go to the disciples, my brothers, and tell them that I will ascend!

And Mary carries out his commands, going to the disciples to relay what has happened. “I have seen the Lord!”

Questions for discussion:

  1. How did Mary miss that she was talking to Jesus? When did Mary realize it was him?
  2. Have you ever experienced a deep calling from God to go and do something on his behalf? What was it?
  3. Mary declares, “I have seen the Lord!” When you first came to believe in Jesus, what actions did you take? Pray that you have renewed faith and have a zeal to spread the Good News!

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