Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
Why did Mary believe someone had taken away the Lord? Would the angels not have been a big “hint” that something different had occurred?
If Mary were truly a disciple, how could she keep from recognizing Jesus?
The first recorded words of Jesus after his resurrection are, “Woman, why are you weeping?” What are some reasons that we weep when we lose a loved one? How does Jesus’ resurrection change our grief?
When Jesus says, “Mary,” she refers to him as “Rabboni.” Wonder what made Mary recognize the Lord?
In the King James Version, Jesus tells Mary not to touch him. The verb is a present active imperative; the verb refers to an action taking place in the present that needs to stop. The New King James Version and the English Standard Version likely do a far better job of translation and render the clause, “Do not cling to Me.” Why would Jesus want to keep Mary from clinging to him?
A woman was the very first one to proclaim Jesus’ resurrection; Mary was sent on a commission to inform the soon-to-be apostles of Jesus’ resurrection. Should this teach us anything about how Jesus viewed women? Might this say something about the role of women in the church?