The Two Marys

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After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb.

Matthew 28:1

The day was dawning. Even a glimpse of the sun on the horizon is enough to push back the darkness and reveal the seemingly immeasurable reach of its rays. It was the perfect amount of light needed for the first human witnesses of the Resurrection.

The dawn was not the only giver of light that beautiful resurrection morning. God had already sent His angel to the tomb of the Darling of Heaven. The angel that had departed the presence of God to travel to the tomb, had such an impact upon arrival that he caused the earth to shudder (28:2). The angel wore a robe as white as snow, and his appearance was like lightning (28:3) (For interest sake, a bolt of lightning is 5x hotter than the surface of the sun and 600x brighter.) Do you recall how Moses’ face shone after he had been in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29,30)?

The presence of the angel visibly moved the two Marys so he reassured them regarding their mission. The women not only viewed garments as white as snow, but they were entrusted with sharing the most powerful, life-altering news this world has ever known.

They departed from the tomb, which once represented anguish, defeat, and uncertainty and was given the charge to testify to the power of God, which brings great joy, hope, and awe. They had no hesitation as they quickly left to be God’s witness to the rest of the disciples. Before they could get there, Jesus met them. “Good morning!” He said. In the unity of joy, both Marys fell to his feet and worshiped Him.

“Don’t cling to Me,” Jesus said, “for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father — to My God and your God.” Mary Magdaline announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what He had said to her (John 20:17-18).

The verb translated “cling to” does not mean to ‘touch’ and ‘handle’ to see whether His body was real. Instead, it means to ‘hold on to’ and ‘cling to.’ Moreover, it is the present imperative; and the full meaning will, therefore, be, ‘Do not continue holding Me,’ or simply, hold Me not. The old and often interrupted earthly experience is over; the new and continuous experience with the ascended Lord has not yet begun: but that Presence will be granted soon, and there will be no need of straining eyes and clinging hands to realize it (Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges).

At that time, women were not considered to be a reliable witness. However, God did not see it that way. What is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27). What will you do with the light of the Gospel that shines brilliantly into the eyes of your heart? Will you see it? Will you share it? Will you be in awe? Jesus said to the two Marys, “Listen, I have told you” (Matthew 28:7). Are you listening to what He speaks to you today in His Word? If so, what will you tell someone? God has called you to be a witness regarding how He has resurrected you. “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell…” (Matthew 28:10).

Be like the two Marys, go quickly and tell.

In His grace,

Amanda

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