SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 11: John 20:11-16

But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb. She saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’s body had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“Because they’ve taken away my Lord,” she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put him.”

Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus. “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it that you’re seeking?”

Supposing he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve carried him away, tell me where you’ve put him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”—which means “Teacher.”

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Jesus is near even when it seems that He is far away. Mary cried because, even after having encountered angels in Mark 16:1-7 and Luke 24:1-9 that morning, she had still not fully grasped the resurrection. Jesus is, as prophesied, our Immanuel. He is “God with us.” He knew Mary’s name. He knows yours too. He comforted Mary. He can be your Wonderful Counselor too.

Jesus was near Mary, but she did not recognize Him (v. 14). Consider now the omnipresence of God and our own ignorance of all that He is currently doing on our behalf. In Genesis 28:16, Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” Oh how ubiquitous, yet unseen the Spirit of God is in the earth and in our own lives. Like the spirit of wisdom described in the first three chapters of Proverbs, knowledge of God calls out to us in the streets, but we seldom take heed and abide in His presence.

What stones ought you turn over now to discover God’s unseen work in your life? What trials has He evidently spared you from and what previously unseen blessings have you not thanked Him for?

Pray: Thank God for being your near, intimate, and close Immanuel. Praise Him for His grace and thank Him for being your Comforter.