Jesus said to her, “Woman why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away. Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned to Him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). John 20:15-16
It is one of those mysterious things in life that we can often recognize someone we haven’t seen in a long time when they speak our name. Perhaps it was the way Jesus said her name that caused her to recognize Him. Jesus rose from the dead, just as He told His disciples that He would. There are many implications to be drawn, but the most important is that this ended all the claims of God’s justice against those who know Him. Think of the gospel message this way: After a criminal fulfills the requirements of the sentence, the law has no more claim on him and he walks out of prison completely free. The gospel teaches us that Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for us. He must have satisfied it fully, because on the third day He rose up, and walked out of the prison of death completely free. As Tim Keller has put it, “The resurrection was God’s way of stamping PAID IN FULL right across history so that nobody could miss it.”
Mary was searching for the Lord’s body and was prepared to carry it away, but all she carried away that day was the good news. That is what the church of Jesus Christ has for you, too, just the good news, no burden, only gratitude for grace. Come and join us as we praise the name of the One who has made us free.