John Lesson 28 Day 3
6. Jesus said, “Mary.”
At first, Mary “did not know that it was Jesus: Mary certainly knew who Jesus was, and it was strange that she did not immediately recognize Him (or the sound of His voice). Some think it was because she was emotionally distressed and had tears in her eyes. Others speculate it was because Jesus looked somewhat different, retaining at least some of the marks of His suffering.” (Guzik)
It could be like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus whose “eyes were held so that they did not recognize Him.” Luke 24:16 Later in verse 31, “their eyes were [instantly] opened and they [clearly] recognized Him, and He vanished (departed invisibly).”
But when Jesus called Mary by name, she recognized His voice and discerned His heart.
“Jesus says to her, ‘Mariam,’ the Hebrew name, of which the Greek form is Maria.” (Trench) Jesus didn’t reveal Himself to Mary by telling her who He was, but by telling her who she was to Him. (Guzik)
7. John 20:17
Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
“In her joy, Mary had probably reverently embraced Jesus at the knees or ankles.” (footnote AMPC) (The women in Matthew 29:9 did so.)
The Greek word translated touch in the King James Bible means to fasten to, lay hold of. Since Jesus invited Thomas to “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.” (John 20:27 MSG) So Jesus must not
“Jesus was not protesting that Mary should not touch Him lest He be defiled, but was admonishing her not to detain Him because He would see her and the disciples again.” (Tenney)
Some scholars also speculate that after this visit with Mary, Jesus ascended to His Father and then returned and spoke to Thomas. If this was the case, we can only guess as to what He had to do in heaven that would have caused Him to forbid Mary Magdalene from touching Him. Some think that Jesus ascended to His Father that very day and sprinkled His blood on the mercy seat in heaven (Leviticus 16:14). (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)
In what seems to be Jesus’ next appearance recorded in Matthew 29:9-10, “The women fell down before Him, kissing His feet and worshiping Him. This time He said, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. Tell them I will meet them there.” (Voice)
8. Jesus said to Mary,
Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’
I love that Jesus told her exactly what to do and what to say. And that Jesus chose a devout, passionate female worshiper to announce His resurrection.
Like Mary, I’d rather cling to Him in adoration and worship than go and deliver a message.
Some the work He’s given me to do:
- Start a blog and write.
- Move and help your son with his children.
- Look after your aging dad.
- Ask your sister-in-law about the Bible study she attended.
- Join the one nearest you.
- Start posting your answers on the blog.
- Pray for Travis’ ear.
- Talk to the giant.
- Intercede for a specific woman. I didn’t know her name, but for several weeks, her face popped up in my mind. Each time I heard pray. I saw her in person a few weeks later and told her what was going on. Although we’d never met before, she immediately told me about her abusive husband. We exchanged names and friended each other on Facebook.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 28 Day 3