It was still dark out as the three women hurried down the winding pathway. Each was carrying an alabaster box of precious ointments. Beams of moonlight streamed through the olive trees making just enough light for them to see. Among themselves they whispered, “…Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?” (Mark 16:3). But when they arrived at the tomb the stone had already been rolled away. Their first thought was that someone had stolen the body of their Lord. Overwhelmed with grief, the other two women left, but Mary Magdalene stayed. She stood alone outside the sepulchre weeping, and as she wept, she stooped down and looked inside the tomb and there she saw, “two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.” (John 20:12). “And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?” And she said, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” (John 20:13). Then she turned around and there was Jesus standing beside her, but she did not recognize him. “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?” (John 20:15). Supposing him to be the gardener she said, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.” (John 20:15). “Then Jesus said unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” (John 20:16). Jesus comes to us in our darkest time of need and says our name. When we hear his voice we need to turn and look at Him and say, Rabboni, Master.
Thought for Today: “The soul that hears Christ’s voice, and is turned to him, calls him, with joy and triumph, my Master.” (Matthew Henry).