John 20.11-13 cont.
11 Mary stood weeping at the tomb, and as she wept she stooped, peering into the tomb,
12 and she saw two angels in white sitting there, one was at the head and one was at the feet of where the body of Jesus had been laid.
13 And they said (say) to her: “Lady, why are you crying?” And she said (say) to them: “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have laid Him”.
The tears of Mary display her devotion to Jesus; they exhibit her love for Him; they demonstrate her thankfulness for what He had done for her in casting out from her seven demons; they show her grief and torment at not knowing where the body of Jesus was.
It is hard for us to imagine what she would have been going through, and not just her, but the other women also, His mother, and the disciples. There was a bond of torment, misery, and grief that affected them all early on this Resurrection morning.
It may be all too easy for us to read these verses without taking too much notice of them, since we know what followed.
Yet it is good for us to pause and see the genuine outpouring of emotion that Mary displays at the tomb.
There was a suddenness about Mary’s grief, because only a week earlier she had probably experienced the triumph of Jesus entering into Jerusalem. Now she is thrown into the depths of despondency because of the cruel crucifixion of Jesus.
Following on from this her bereavement is added to by the body of Jesus apparently having been moved or even stolen.
Grief will affect us all at times as loved one pass away.
There are times when we may be thrown into grief suddenly. It happens when someone dies through a sudden heart attack, or through an horrific accident; or through an attack of terrorism, such as happened in Paris late last year.
None of us know how we will deal with it.
However, it is certain that in our grief God does not abandon us; He does not leave us to get on with grieving on our own.
He didn’t abandon Mary, instead He sent two angels to whom she could pour out her sadness and the horrific plight in which she found herself.