John 20.17-18 cont.
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.
Being a Christian is not something that we are born into, although we may be born into a Christian family. Those of us who were can be extremely thankful for this, because it means that we are brought up in the atmosphere of a loving family where Jesus is honoured.
Being a Christian it not following a set of teachings, or obeying a certain set of rules, or observing certain customs. There may be certain elements of all these things in living a Christian life.
However, being a Christian is essentially being someone who has met with Jesus Christ, and can say the same as Mary said: “I have seen the Lord”.
She obeyed Jesus, went to the disciples, and told them the truth that she had seen Jesus.
She would have been eager and excited to share this great news.
She also told them what Jesus had said to her.
We are not told what kind of response she received from the disciples. However, John must have remembered Mary coming to them and telling them about her experience.
It is a great thing to be able to say that we have seen the Lord.
Isaiah declared the same thing:
In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple – Isaiah 6.1 (NLT).
Daniel wrote of his experience:
I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge. His clothing was as white as snow, His hair like whitest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire – Daniel 7.9 (NLT).
Today some are very privileged to have seen Jesus, but perhaps most of us have not had this wonderful experience. However, being a Christian is essentially being someone who has met with Jesus, and that meeting has radically changed us.
Meeting with Jesus is a blessing that is open to all. The invitation of Jesus is to come to Him (Matthew 11.28).
There are various ways that Jesus has given to us to come to Him and to get to know Him. This can be through prayer, meditation of His word; and waiting patiently on Him.