“Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” John 20:16  

Mary Magdalene was there when Jesus died on the cross and she was the first one going to the tomb on Sunday morning. She was the one who told Peter and John, who came and left. Mary stayed behind at the empty tomb weeping. Alone at the tomb she was met first by angels and then by the resurrected Jesus. Jesus had freed her from seven demons early in his ministry and she had followed him ever since. And now at the resurrection the work he began in her is revealed as just a foretaste of what he has in store for all who believe in him. Freedom from death itself. In all of this the sense I get from the scripture is simply that Mary loved Jesus and Jesus loved Mary. Sometimes, I wonder if we get a little too theological about all that Jesus can do for us and all that He promises us. In the end it is probably more about a genuine friendship of growing love that all this work of Jesus is about. Easter removes all the obstacles of love, so that we can love God with all our heart, mind and soul. So, we can extend that love to our neighbors as well. 

Looking for last weeks worship? You can find it here!

-Pastor Travis Norton

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