He Knows Your Name
Jesus was dead.
Those closest to him had experienced the horror and trauma of witnessing the brutal beating and death of their loved one. Then it appeared that the grave had been tampered with and the body was missing.
Step into their shoes. Tiptoe near the confusion and fear they felt. Sit for a moment in the suffocating grief.
Now read the account of one such person:
“Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she 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 in Aramaic,[b “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). John 20:11-16
In her darkest hour Mary could not even find the comfort of being near his grave since there was not a body. Her whole being was wracked with great sobs. Her face swollen with tears. Her world was shattered. Not even the presence of angels affected her. Nothing mattered more than Jesus.
The greatest drama of all time was unfolding before her eyes, but she didn’t understand that the answer to her questions had been there all along.
Then he said her name.
Her savior was alive!
Jesus had overcome death and made a way for the hopeless. In the midst of the greatest victory, He cared. Angels were adequate messengers to the distraught woman, but Jesus personally met Mary where she was and she would not walk away the same.
Jesus changed everything. That’s the celebration of Easter – the greatest love on display through sacrifice and victory. He made a way to rescue the undeserving and to be made known. When we follow Him, we can not live unaffected. He becomes our everything.
This world is hard. There are times we will feel pain, grief, and burden. We will have questions but, like Mary, we have the answer.
Look up, child.
The one who knows your name is ever before you.