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Questions Jesus Asked: Part 11
October 11, 2020

Questions Jesus Asked: Part 11

October 11, 2020


Part 11: Who Is It You Are Looking For?

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.

(John 20:11-18)

  • When you have in your life, it can carry you through when you feel like you .

“I think hope has been, is, and always will be the heart of medicine in healing. We could not live without hope. Even with all the medical technology available to us now, we still come back to this profound human need to believe there is a possibility to reach a future that is better than the one in the present. We could not live without hope.”

Jerome Grutman

Harvard Medical School

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, 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.

(John 20:1-10)

  • Many in the western culture have view of .
  • Unique amongst ancient major religions is . Until they were the only ones to believe in a .
  • For the to be taken seriously we have to take being seriously.
  • Jesus asks her, “Who is it you are looking for?”

Most of us would not ask , but .

  • For God it’s always been about .
  • God doesn’t get bent out of joint because you a but because you break a .
  • The resurrection is always about the .

What is on the other side of the for you?

  • Today’s question reminds us that you can have the that Jesus is . And because He’s alive, you can .


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