On the morning of Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples came, looked into the tomb, and went away astonished. But Mary came to the tomb and wept. She stayed weeping and wanting to know the whereabouts of the One she loved, the One who was buried there. She had to find Him. “Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus’ body had been. One was the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, ‘Why are you crying?’ She answered, ‘They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.’ As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t know who He was. Jesus asked her, ‘Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?’ She thought He was the gardener and said, ‘Sir, if you have taken His body away, please tell me, so I can go and get Him.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni.’” John 20:11-16.
Mary had sought out her Lord and had found Him. Her immediate reaction was to cling to Him. But “Jesus told her, ‘Don’t hold on to Me! I have not yet gone to the Father…” John 20:17.
And here lies the most outstanding truth, the most wonderful truth beyond imagination. Jesus interrupted His ascent into heaven to answer this woman’s love! He had not yet ascended. But in the process of His resurrection, He is drawn—no, compelled because she is weeping after Him.
What a wonderful display of love. All because Mary left her comfortable place and went looking for the One she loves.
Seek, brave ones. Push past the comfort zones, brave ones, and seek what you really desire.