"Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (Which means "Teacher"). John 20:16
Who do you believe? What do you believe? What do you do with what you believe? I don't know about you but I believe the sun will come up in the east and go down in the west. I believe my niece's "dog-o-meter." If the dog comes back in wet - it's raining, white - it's snowing, warm - it's sunny out (all of which is more accurate than the weather prediction). The question is what do we do with what we believe?
We are in the Gospel of John for the reading this morning. In Luke several women have gone to the tomb with the spices to anoint the body. (Luke 24) In John we are told about one of the women, specifically, Mary Magdalene. We are told she finds the stone "rolled away." (20:1) We are told she "ran" (v. 2) and found Peter and "the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved." (v. 2) We are told the two men go to the tomb, find the stone rolled away, the tomb empty - everything Mary said. We are told "the went home." (v. 10) Mary, however is standing there crying, talking to two angels (v.12), and the person she thinks is the gardener. Then, when Jesus calls her by name, she "turned." (v. 16) The Greek word for "turned" means changing direction or action. We see, hear and can feel Mary's reaction as she believes. And Mary goes and shares with the disciples. (v. 18)
Which brings us back to what do we believe? Do we really believe the tomb was empty? IF we believe who are we telling?
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