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Why Are You Crying?

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Easter April 20, 2014

Jeremiah 31:1-6
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

As the Holy City of God was still in darkness and the eastern sky was promising its light, Mary Magdalene made her way with the other women to the tomb where her beloved Master was buried on that horrible Friday. They carried the spices and cloths needed to complete the burial; her Yeshua would not be dumped like a common criminal.

Even in the darkness it was evident the stone was rolled from the entrance and the guards were gone.  The women had their lanterns, but none dared look into the tomb.  Instead, they ran in different directions.  Mary made her way to the hiding place of Simon and John, telling them the startling news.

Forgetting their fears, both men rushed to the tomb while Mary followed with more decorum.  Sunlight was now filling the valleys and all were able to see clearly that the burial linen lay on the stone slab, but Yeshua was gone.

The two men entered the small tomb and came out dazed, making their way back into hiding.  Mary watched them leave her alone at the tomb.  She looked through her tears at the empty stone slab, only to discover two men dressed in white and sitting on the stone.

Why are you crying?

Why indeed.  Her Yeshua was tortured, killed, buried and now stolen.

Confused, still half blinded by tears, she turned away from the grave only to face another man.

Why are you crying?

Her emotions boiled over.  She ignored propriety and spoke to a man she did not know, her words spilling in a torrent.  I want my Master back.

Mary.

In an instant she knew.  Yeshua.  Am I dreaming?  He is real.  I touch my Master.  The Messiah lives.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence