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Daily Reading: 6th March 2016

John 20.14-15

14 Having said these things she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus said (says) to her: “Lady, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” She, thinking that He is the gardener said (says) to Him: “Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

For most of us we will have memories that are particularly special, such as the first time we met our spouse, or the time we received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

This incident outside the tomb must have been one of those very special memories that Mary had. It was a memory that no one could take away from her, and it was special to only her.

What special memories do we have of Jesus? It is good to stop and recall those memories, because they are occasions that will build up our faith, brighten our present, and give us a hope for future experiences of Him.

In his second letter Peter wrote these words:

[1] This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory.

[2] I want you to remember and understand what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Saviour commanded through your apostles  – 2 Peter 3.1 (NLT).

He was writing about the return of Jesus. He was wanting his readers to remember the Scriptures, and the things that Jesus had taught, because these are the things that keep us on the same track as Jesus.

The very first resurrection appearance of Jesus was to Mary. No doubt this was a memory that would be a constant source of encouragement to her, and to all to whom she related it.

Peter said that memories of Jesus will stimulate us; this means they will kindle within us the flame of passion and faith. Memories of Jesus within our life can ignite the fires of enthusiastic, Spirit filled worship and adoration.

Mary had already had a great experience of Jesus when He cast out of her seven demons. The resurrection appearance of Jesus to her was also another life changing experience.

Today let us recall those memories where Jesus has changed the direction of our life, and let those memories inspire us to even greater changes by Jesus, through the Holy Spirit.

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