Vs. 16, “Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).” This is the Resurrection chapter, on Easter Sunday we were reminded of this…and many of us Christians forget just how very important the Resurrection is to our Christian faith. Jesus would appear to three sets of people…one to Mary Magdalene, one to disciples, and lastly to Thomas. It’s also interesting to note how John outran Peter to the tomb (vs. 4)…it could be perhaps John was younger than Peter….but there could more of a reason…a spiritual one. Jesus had not yet reinstaed Peter and so perhaps Peter’s self-confidence and spiritual energy was still low…Isaiah 40:31 says that those who wait on the Lord “shall run and not be weary…”.
Regarding application…We Are Blessed! Vs. 29, “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Indeed…it will be a monumentous moment in life when we literally stand in the presence of our Lord. Yet, I share this passage often reminding us how blessed we are to have faith in Jesus! There are many doubters in this life…people who have to see to believe…and even then…many still didn’t believe. Remember, many Jews and Gentiles literally saw Jesus up close and personal…experienced His love and miracles…and yet many walked away from Jesus. I don’t believe for a second that those who contend they would believe Jesus if they actually saw Him. Remember that God reveals Himself through nature and through our innate awareness of a higher being. To believe in Jesus and yet not see is a wonderful blessing and showing of our faith.