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.’”
- What is occurring in these verses?
- What do you find interesting about this passage?
- What questions do you have about the way things unfold?
- What do you think the bible is trying to communicate by presenting this story in this way?
- What “truths” can you identify about Jesus just using this passage?
- Mary has the false belief that Jesus is dead and will stay dead. What has she learned that will change the situation?
- Once Mary has found freedom from her false ideas about who Jesus is, what is she now free to do?