“Woman,” Jesus said to her, “Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve removed Him, tell me where you’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to Him in Hebrew, Rabbouni!” – which means “Teacher.” John 20:15-16 HCSB
Many people are looking for peace of mind, success, fame, and fortune in life. Mary Magdalene was the first person to come to the tomb early that morning. She was hoping to anoint the body of Jesus. One might have thought that the disciples of Jesus would have been there early, but instead it was the woman who Jesus had forgiven and accepted. Her early arrival indicated her love and devotion to Jesus.
Mary had already looked into the tomb and had discovered that Jesus’ body was not there. She was probably weeping in grief outside the tomb wondering what had happened to Jesus’ body when Jesus asked her, “Who is it you are looking for?” He knew who she was looking for but wanted to hear her response. Mary did not even turn around but responded, thinking she was talking to the gardener. When Jesus said her name, she immediately recognized Him and with surprise and excitement she called him “Teacher”.
Challenge: Who are you looking for? Are you searching for Jesus? Jesus is calling your name, just as He did when He called Mary’s name. He wants you to recognize Him as Lord and teacher. It is only through Jesus that you can find peace of mind and direction in life.