Are You Weeping?
said to her, "Woman, why are you crying?”
they’ve taken away my Lord,” she told them, "and I don’t know where they’ve put
Mary Magdalene could vividly remember the day Jesus delivered her from her
demonic bondage. She became His devoted follower that day (Luke 8:2). She
watched Him heal the sick and teach people about God's love. Her life was
transformed as she experienced the joy of being with Jesus.
Then her world seemed to fall apart! Her Lord was arrested and brutally
murdered. The crowds that had shouted "Hosanna!” at the beginning of the week
cried "Crucify him!” by week's end. A final blow came when she went to anoint
Jesus' body at the tomb. She saw that His tomb was empty. Someone had apparently
stolen His body. As she sobbed in despair, angels asked the poignant question,
"Why are you weeping?” She was standing before an empty tomb! Jesus had risen,
just as He had promised! Knowing that Jesus was alive put everything back into
perspective, and Mary joyfully raced to share the good news with others.
The Christian life is not always easy. There are joyful moments of walking
with Jesus, but there are also times when nothing makes sense and when your
world seems to be crumbling. The world will mock your Lord, and you may grow
discouraged. At those times, you need to peer into the empty tomb. It is the
abandoned tomb that gives you hope, for it symbolizes the life that is yours
from your risen Lord. The empty tomb promises that nothing, not even death
itself, can defeat the purposes of your Lord. Are you weeping beside an empty
tomb?—Experiencing God Day by Day