Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. – John 20:1 (ESV)
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. – John 20:15-18 (ESV)
Today we get to celebrate the greatest day in history! Jesus has risen from the dead and is alive seated on his father’s throne. Hallelujah! Meaning… let’s give a joyous praise to our God. I love this account of Mary’s experience of Jesus after the resurrection, her terrible sadness and confusion is transformed into complete joy. The gospel message at this point now became history and Mary is the first one to pass on the good news! Good news that is still being shared all over the world.
A testimony to the work that has already been done and a need for further sharing of this good news…
“In November 2012, Wycliffe stated that parts of the Bible are available in 2,798 languages out of the 6,877 known languages, and that there are currently 518 languages with a complete Bible translation. At least 5 billion people (71% of the world’s population) have access to a full Bible translation in their native language.” – Wikipedia
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Happy Easter everyone!