This woman who weeps sadly
For what she thinks is lost
She peers inside the empty tomb
Where He laid after the Cross
She thinks they may have taken Him
But to where she doesn’t know
She longs to feel His presence near
To dissipate her sorrow
Inside she finds two angels
Sitting in His place instead
One sitting where His feet had been
And the other at the Head
They ask her why she’s weeping
She asks them where He lays,
“Please tell me where you’ve taken Him
So I can carry Him away.”
She hears another voice behind
Her eyes are full of tears
She cannot see the face
Of who is standing near
He asks of her a question,
“Woman, why are you weeping?”
He posed His question one more time,
“Whom is it you are seeking?”
Assuming it’s the gardener
She stammers through her cry
Until He calls out, “Mary!”
And she cries out, Rabboni!”
John 20:11-18 (NIV)
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 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.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 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.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 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.’”
18 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.
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