He Calls Us By Name

by GfG on March 24, 2008

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Pin It Share 0 Email -- Google+ 0 0 Flares ×

Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday (Easter)! It’s become one of my favorite days of the year. It’s busy for us, but I just *love*love*love* it.

We have a sunrise service here in our home with friends and family invited. This year we started at 7am (thank you Daylight Savings Time). PL and two families joined ours.

As I sat and worshipped in candlelight and we read about the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and then the Resurrection… I was touched once again by my very favorite incident in Scripture.

John: 10-17

Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
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.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

“Woman,” he said, “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.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

Do you see my favorite part?? It brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my face every time I read it and imagine it. Mary is so hurt and bewildered. She doesn’t understand what is happening. She and the others *thought* they knew what God was doing, but then Jesus was crucified. Now they are flailing. She cries out to the angels and then to the ‘gardener’ for him.

Then it happens.
Jesus calls her by name.

That very instant she recognizes Him. She is filled with joy! She turns and looks at Him. Really looks at Him.

Isn’t that the most personal thing??!! He doesn’t chastise her. He doesn’t say, “Hello!! It’s me, Jesus, you dope!” He speaks her name. And she isn’t the same after that.

During our sunrise service, we each had to share what “new” thing we had learned about Christ this year. What I have learned tied into my favorite moment in Scripture. I learned that even when you are close to Christ. When you trust Him. When you love Him with all your heart. You can still be amazed by God. We can think we know what He is doing, then…

all of a sudden you don’t. And He is patient and loving and personal. He will still call you by name. Even after He has called you unto salvation by name. He will call you to clarity. To understanding. To peace.

I’m sooooo very grateful.

After the sunrise service and breakfast fellowship, we went to celebrate corporately with our church family. Then home to leftovers and mandatory naptime (a nice tradition due to the sunrise service). Then up for a family photo and then off to PL’s for egg hunt and dinner. It’s become such a fun-filled family day! Have I mentioned that I *love* it?? This year’s only disappointment was that my Sis’s family couldn’t be with us due to sickness exposure (isn’t she the most thoughtful!?! Not exposing her sis and children 11 days before having a new baby!). BUT my mom’s sister and her husband *did* join us and that was wonderful. I loved having them there, truly.

The kids enjoyed their day just as much as me!

I hope you had a nice day and that you have heard the Savior call you by name. If you have, then you are a new creation and yesterday was a celebration of the most wonderful gift ever. If you have not, then I pray you do and that you consider crying out to God and then listening.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Pin It Share 0 Email -- Google+ 0 0 Flares ×

Previous post:

Next post: