Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

One might normally think that on Easter we might have picked a different Bible quote (yes, today’s quote is from the Bible). Yet there is much depth in this question, when looking at its context and the subsequent events.

This question is asked of Mary Magdalene twice. First by the angels near 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?” – John 20:12-13 NKJV

The second time was soon after, asked of her by whom she supposed to be the gardener:

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?” – John 20:14-15 NKJV

Mary was weeping because she could not find the body of Jesus, the tomb was open and it was empty. She was weeping because in the recent days leading up to this one her Lord Jesus Christ was taken, beaten and crucified. Mary was lost in her grief and only wanted to be close to Jesus (the source of her joy), even if that meant anointing His body in the tomb. And when He was not there I am sure the anguish became overwhelming, because she did not understand the resurrection. But then something happened:

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” – John 20:16 NKJV

When Jesus called out her name, and she recognized Him and that He was risen, the grief immediately departed and was replaced with the joy of the Lord.

Sometimes this happens in our lives. We are accustomed to walking with Jesus every day. And then we experience a tragedy, trial, or some sort of unexpected adversity. We then wonder where God has gone and focus on our grief. In these times, listen for Him to call out your name, recognize that He is right there beside you, and allow him to restore to you the joy of your salvation, the salvation that was cemented for us on the first Easter Sunday.

Have a happy and blessed Easter Resurrection Day!


Woman, Why Are You Weeping? — 1 Comment

  1. wow. how wonderful God merged your thinking with the message of the day today. I pray you’re lifted up in that same joy. It’s true what you said, “…recognize that He is right there beside you…” In the song, “I Believe, Help Thou Mine Unbelief” (Gaithers) there’s a line that says,” I long so much to feel the fire that others seem to know, but if I never feel a thing, I claim Him even so.” God is pleased when we praise Him, and recognize His providence, even when He’s silent.

    Love you. KL

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