John 20 v 11-18
Jesus is ALIVE, but nobody knows yet! Just as the creation story starts in a garden, the new creation story, the re-creation story, the renewal and resurrection of all things story, starts in a garden!
Verse 11 of John 20 begins with Mary, of one Jesus’ followers, stood weeping. These are tears of mourning, pain, the hollow feeling of grief. This kind of emotion can be so overwhelming. All the hope she had, all the dreams for the future, all the promises she saw being fulfilled in Jesus, all nailed to a tree; shattered by Roman nails, pierced by soldiers’ swords. We find her confused, the body has been taken, the stone has been rolled away, where has He gone, what is happening!?
I don’t know if you resonate with any of these emotions? Fear, disappointment, bewilderment at everything that is going on around you, feeling a little lost?
Jesus was present although she did not recognise him at first. Has this ever happened to you?! Jesus is in our situation, He’s working even when we don’t see it, He’s leading and guiding and holding all things together even when we miss what’s right in front of us!
Jesus is there, she thinks He’s the gardener but He’s the risen Lord! But like a gardener, Jesus is growing something new, a new reality, a new Kingdom, a new way of living right in the middle of the decay and disappointment of the present.
Maybe you feel overwhelmed at the moment like Mary? If that’s you then remember that Jesus is present in your reality, wherever you are right now, hold onto hope and say like Mary “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20v18)
Lord Jesus, we thank you for your resurrection, we thank you that life conquers death and we pray today that we would know your hope and your presence in our lives, in Jesus name, Amen