A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
Text: John 20:15-7
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who is it that you are looking for?” Thinking that he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you are the one who carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
We Have to Get From Here to There…
The work on the cross was part of a process. It was completed over the course of about 43 days.
Days after the crucifixion, the women went to the Tomb to mummify Jesus’ remains. They were intercepted and interrupted during the process…by Jesus! Jesus is hanging around the Tomb, and He reveals Himself to Mary.
There is a difference between resurrection and ascension. Both are essential elements, but they are not the same thing.
The definition of resurrection is being raised to a previous state of being, to a former life. Resurrection is not a singular event. And, there are other examples of resurrection in the Bible. Jesus resurrects a little girl, and He also resurrects His best friend, Lazarus. Elijah resurrects a little boy.
The body has the ability to spring back to its former state.
In verse 17, Jesus says to Mary, “Do not hold on to me.” He is telling her to not cling to Him, don’t cling to this mortal shell.
And, the lesson for us in this tiny passage is that we should not cling to or try to hold onto former things.
Jesus is not impressed with being raised from the dead. In fact, He seems to have a rather dismissive attitude about it all.
Jesus didn’t just come back, but He came back better!
Sounds a little like that old MC Hammer song, “You can’t touch this.” I know, you’re shaking your head… but bear with me, because the message in both instances is the same.
We do not, and should not, hold onto stuff because of what it used to be. We hold on to stuff because of what it is! What it is in the here and now.
Even though Jesus was great in His ministry, He was even greater in His mastery.
In John 3, Jesus, in speaking to Nicodemus says that “you must be born again.” You must be born again into a new condition.
Jesus is saying, in effect that He is not satisfied with what He used to be, because there is so much more…
He is pressing on to greater heights.
Jesus has been cleared for a higher, and more exalted place.
And, ascension is required….
Keep moving forward!!
Happy Resurrection Sunday.