May 31, 2024

Mary Cries Out To Jesus - Morning Devotion on May 28, 2024

Mary Cries Out To Jesus

"They have taken my Lord away;" she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her; "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father: Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father; to my God and our God."

John 20:12-17

When Mary Magdalene went to look for Jesus right after his resurrection, Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father." (John 20:17) Nevertheless, Jesus appeared before Mary Magdalene because she had the heart that could console him. Similarly, only when you comprehend the ideal and will of heavenly principle transcending yourselves will Jesus manifest himself to your comprehending heart. If you listen to the words of God and can convey them on his behalf, the Lord will come toward you even if you do not ask him. You should understand that the Lord is motioning with his arms spread out for you to come. God also is doing that.

Let Us Be the Ones Jesus Wants
February 17, 1957

Now we are facing Jesus with the cross standing in between. Someone should resolve the grief and suffering caused by the cross; it is we of today who should do it. Without resolving it, we cannot graft onto Jesus and call him our Bridegroom. This is the reason when Mary Magdalene called out, "Oh Lord!" right after the resurrection, Jesus stopped her. For the simple reason, although Mary wanted to begin life in the kingdom of heaven from the day she met the Lord, life in the kingdom was prohibited for 2,000 years. We should understand this grief from the background of the cross, and we who have faith should bring the solution.

Jesus Is Searching for Us in This Way
May 20, 1956

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