Passion Week Devotion 4.21.19

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Joy

Devotion by Saera Eanes

John 20:11-18

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Easter is one of my favorite holidays, maybe only second to Christmas, because of the immense joy that fills my soul when I think of my risen Savior. Imagine how heavy Mary’s heart must’ve been. Jesus was dead and her hope was gone. She weeps for Jesus. This may have been her lowest low, but then she turns to see Jesus. You can just feel her joy ooze from the Bible’s pages as you read her reaction. “Rabboni!” This is where true joy comes from.

We’ve all been there. Before Jesus, we could never experience true joy. We we helpless, hopeless, alone, but then, just like Mary, we turn around to see Jesus. This is why we get to celebrate today. Our savior lives and gives eternal life to those who believe in him. Find your joy in Jesus today and everyday.

  • Is there anything in your life that you are looking to, other than Jesus, to give you joy?
  • Is there anything in your life holding you back from turning to Jesus?

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