Sunday, April 20, 2014

The unexpected gardener

John 20:11-16
11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

How many gardeners have you passed by this week?

I point this out 
as Mary almost passed up an encounter with the Risen Lord, because she mis-took Him for the gardener. Also Jesus tells us "‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 

We need to expect to see Jesus in the most unexpected people in our lives. We never know who we are greeting, or who we may be ministering to.

As we celebrate the Resurrection, we must realize, that Jesus came to earth as a man, He being holy, could have come down as King from the very start, but didn't so He could experience life as the Son of Man.

Look for Him in everyone you meet, 
do not miss out on the opportunity to greet the unexpected gardener.

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