Encounter, Part 1

Mary at the Garden Tomb
March 31, 2024 | By Paul Crouthamel

An encounter with Jesus changes everything forever. The first encounter we will be exploring in this series is that of the first person to meet the risen Jesus, Mary, at the garden tomb. Mary was there to process her grief and despair. She was there to grieve her dashed hopes, the inevitable disappointment that settles in on us when death steals our desired future. Can you imagine? Can you relate?


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Utter sense of loss, a hopelessness where the weight seems too much to bear.

John 20:11-18
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

1. Mary arrived at the tomb filled with despair and left filled with hope.

2.Mary arrived at the tomb mourning and left worshipping.

3. Mary came with a task to do, remembering the Cross, but left with a life to live in the power of the resurrection.