Do you see it?

If you look real hard you can see… See what? I am glad you asked.
Look again do you see it now.

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Sometimes in our looking, we really do not see what we should. For example in The Gospel of John chapter 20 we have the account of our Lord’s Resurrection. Mary had gone early of a morn to the tomb of Jesus. “And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.” Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!”

Just to build on the magnificence of this moment in time and ponder the unfolding of the greatest revelation painted for all humanity to behold His splendor. In the Greek word “Theoreo” Strong’s #2334 we have this definition. Compare “Theater,” “Theory,” “Theoretical.” To behold, view attentively, perceive, look with a prolonged and continuous gaze. Theoreo conveys looking with a purpose, with interest, and with close scrutiny.

Try this explanation: Mary is standing in a garden looking intensely at Jesus just like you or I would be doing if we were watching a movie. She is paying attention to her surroundings and does not recognize her master. Many times we look, read, ponder, and do not see what we should. She was unable to see Him for who He is. However, when He spoke her name “Mary” she turned in full recognition. Why did this happen? She surely knew Jesus prior to His Crucifixion, He had cast demons out of her.

What is in a name? The name Mary here specifically Mary Magdalene is defined as meaning: Bitterness; rebellious; obstinate; (root= trouble; sorrow; disobedience; rebellion). The setting is in a garden; Jesus has conquered death, hell and the grave. He is speaking first to a member of His creation. Mary as her name implies is a representative of all women since Eve in whom creation fell. All the horror of abuse is about to be laid aside by the Savior of humanity. Mary just as true to form as Eve’s sin brought spiritual blindness as well is given sight and understanding by the Saviour.

Our Lord’s first act was to serve justice to His creation, specifically to a woman. Thousands of years had gone by as He waited for the Kairos moment. Mary Magdalene who had been bitter, rebellious obstinate received Grace from He who had won it for us. Jesus did not chose the Apostles to herald His Resurrection, He chose Mary as the first evangelist.
Do You see it?

Tomorrow the rest of the story.

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