17 And Jesus said (says) to her: “Do not touch Me , for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them: “I am ascending to My Father and your Father and My God and your God.””
18 Mary Magdalene came announcing to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord”; and that He had said these things to her.
It had only been a few days since Jesus had told His disciples that He was going to the Father:
28 “You have heard that I told you: “I am going, and I am coming back to you. If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than Me.
29 And now I have told you before it happens, so then when it should happen you might believe” – John 14.28-29.
This was in the Upper Room. Jesus stressed that He had told them this so that they might believe when it happened; now it was about to happened.
Also, in the same conversation and the same chapter Jesus said:
19 In yet a little while and the world will no longer see Me, but you see Me; because I live you also will live.
Jesus had prepared His disciples for this moment, and John recalls this.
Jesus had risen from the dead, He had conquered death and satan, He had broken the power of sin over mankind, and now He was about to go to be with His Father, just as He had told His disciples that He would.
Mary had the privilege of being sent by Jesus to announce this to the disciples, whom Jesus calls His brothers. Earlier Jesus had called them His friends, stating that they were no longer slaves or servants.
This was also a few days earlier in the Upper room.
He called them His friends because He was revealing to them what was about to happen.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his lord does; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I heard from My Father – John 15.15.
Now He called them His brothers. This is a tremendous thing, that they should be united with Jesus in the Heavenly family Bond.
We also stand in the same relationship with Jesus, a relationship that covers these three things:
- being His slave;
- being His friend
iii. being His brother or sister.
What a privilege, and it is one that we should never take for granted, because it is a privilege that He has won for us through His sacrificial death on the cross.