John 20.14-15 cont.
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.”
Mary turns round, we do not know why, but it may be that she heard something that aroused her inquisitiveness. No doubt she was looking for answers to the mysterious disappearance of the body of Jesus. In our daily walk with Jesus there are many occasions when we will find ourselves in the middle of His mysterious ways. This will be times when we also will ask questions as we look to Him to unravel the mystery before us.
It is important for us to know the word of God that tells us:
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path – Psalm 119.105 (NLT).
He is the unraveller of the mysterious, but at the right time. It is not good for us to know everything all at once.
It is true that Jesus had told His disciples that He would be killed and raised again after three days:
And He began to teach them that it is necessary for the Son of Man to suffer a lot, and to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and to be put to death and after three days to be raised from the dead – Mark 8.31.
We can only assume that the women, including Mary, would have known about what Jesus had said. Mark records that Jesus spoke plainly about this. However, none of them appears to have realized, or understood the reality of what Jesus said.
Mary did not recognize Jesus, but she supposed that He was the gardener.
The facts of the last few days overshadowed the previous teaching of Jesus. This meant that she did not recognize Him, because she would not have been expecting to see Him. She had seen Him die, she had witnessed His body being wrapped in grave clothes, and she had seen Him laid in the tomb and the stone rolled across the entrance.
This was all she could see, and it blinded her, and the disciples, to the reality of the previous words of Jesus about Him being raised up on the third day.
Therefore, we must all listen to the words of Jesus spoken into our life by the Holy Spirit. As we do then His word does become the light that unravels His mysteries.