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“He is Risen. . . . He is Risen Indeed!”

The other women rushed home, but Mary stayed behind. How could it be true? Jesus was definitely dead — how could he be alive?

Just then Mary heard someone else in the garden. Perhaps it’s the gardener, she thought. He’ll know where Jesus’ body is.

“I don’t know where Jesus is!” Mary said urgently. “I can’t find him.”

But it was alright. Jesus knew where she was. And he had found her.

“Mary!”

Only one person said her name like that. She could feel hear heart thumping. She turned around. She could just make out a figure. She shaded her eyes to see . . . and thought she was dreaming.

But she wasn’t dreaming. She was seeing.

“Jesus!”

Mary fell to the ground. Sudden tears filled her eyes and great sobs shook her whole body, and all she wanted in that moment was to cling to Jesus and never let him go.

“You’ll be able to hold on to me later, Mary,” Jesus said gently, “and always be close to me. But now, go and tell the others that I’m alive!”

Mary ran and ran, all the way to the city. She had never run so fast or so far in all her life. She felt she could have run forever. She didn’t even feel like her feet touched the ground. The sun seemed to be dancing and gleaming and bounding across the sky, racing with her and shining brighter than she could ever remember in the clear, fresh air.

And it seemed to her that morning, as she ran, almost as if the whole world had been made anew, almost as if the whole world was singing for joy — the trees, tiny sounds in the grass, the birds . . . her heart.

Was God really making everything sad come untrue? Was he making even death come untrue?

She couldn’t wait to tell Jesus’ friends. “They won’t believe it!” she laughed.

She was right, of course.

Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

6 thoughts on ““He is Risen. . . . He is Risen Indeed!”

  1. It is a beautiful thing for Mary to have recognized His voice. Are we so desirous of Him that we long in agony to simply hear Him?

  2. The Jesus Storybook Bible is so good, isn’t it? We read this section to the kids Sunday morning as well and I think that I see the story of Jesus beginning to make inroads into their hearts and minds. I just need to remember to trust that God is working in them even though I may not be able visibly see what’s happening.

    He is risen indeed!

  3. At the risk of sounding like a liberal lunatic, remember everything you’ve gone through and, now that you know you’re better off, you’ve experienced your own mini-Easter.

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