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Today is the day that Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the Bible, John the beloved, writes of Mary’s encounter with Jesus when she went to the tomb early on Resurrection Day. John 20:1-18 tells this story, how she went early in the morning while it was still dark and saw that the tomb was empty. In verse 11, the story picks up with her being emotionally distraught because she thought someone had stolen His body.
John 20:11-18 NKJV But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 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 and said to Him, “Rabonni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God'” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
As this story progresses there are several important points that I see revealed to us through the Scriptures that apply to us personally in coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Mary was searching for someone in particular, not just anyone. She was seeking the Lord. Have you searched and sought to know Jesus? Have you looked diligently for Him, to see Him personally as your Lord and Savior. Salvation begins with a heart hunger that seeks to know Him.
Mary saw Jesus first as a person, but came to know Him personally as she encountered Him and heard His voice speak her name. You may know Jesus as a person but until you have a personal encounter with Him where He calls your name and you see Him as the Savior, you have only really known Him about Him. Once you encounter Him and recognize Him, acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior, you will truly know Him and receive His salvation.
Jesus met Mary where she was in her humanity. He took the time to seek her out, to speak to her personally that her eyes might be opened to see Him in His resurrected form. When she left that place of encountering Jesus she told the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”. Jesus wants you to know Him personally, even more than you think you want to know Him. He desires for you to have a personal relationship with Him!
Today I would like to ask you some questions: Have you come to the place in your life where you are seeking Jesus, your Savior and Lord? Are you hungry to know Him? Have you heard Him call you by name? Have you encountered Him, met Him and received Him personally into your life? If so, are you sharing with others that you have seen Him, met Him, and received Him? These are all things that happen when we personally come to know Jesus.
If you have not had a personal encounter with Jesus as Savior and Lord, today is the perfect day to invite Him into your heart and life. If you will pray and ask Him to come into your heart as your own personal Savior, He will do that. Your life will be changed and you will become born again, born anew and saved from sin and the darkness of a life without Him.
Romans 10:8-13 says that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Do you believe that Jesus died for you, was raised from the dead, and lives today? Have you confessed Him as Lord? Have you called on His name for salvation? If so, you have been born again and are a part of the family of God.
If you have not made Jesus your own personal Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so today! Don’t let another minute pass by without Him. We can see by the signs of the time that His return is imminent and only those who are born again will go with Him back to Heaven when He returns. Don’t miss out! Believe and receive Him as Savior and Lord today! Make this your day of salvation.
Father God, I thank You for sending Your very own Son to die for us. I thank You, Lord Jesus, for laying your life down for us willingly, that we might be saved from our sins. Thank You for such a great sacrifice and salvation.
Father, I pray this morning for all those who may be reading this blog that have not yet received Your free gift of salvation. I pray that You will pull down the blinders that are covering their minds and eyes that they might see Jesus as the one true Savior of the world. Open their eyes to see, their hearts to receive, that they might truly be born again. Give them the courage to boldly confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. I pray that they will believe in their hearts and confess Him with their mouths to receive salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.