John 20

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). John 20:16

Jesus’ death brought an unspeakable amount of brokenness to the lives of the disciples. During His earthly ministry, they witnessed he Lord doing many wondrous things. They saw Him raise the dead, heal the sick, and proclaim the unconditional love of God. A strong sense of security came just from being in His presence.

All their needs were met, including the need of fellowship. Imagine what it was like to be with Jesus by a campfire as He talked and shared the truths of God’s Word. No one who knew Jesus wanted to believe that one day He would no longer be with them.

When He was arrested, their world broke apart. Anxiety and dread overtook them. They barricaded themselves in the Upper Room and hid from the authorities out of fear that they might be next to die.

However, God did not leave them broken and disillusioned. From the first moment of His resurrection, He sent word to His disciples (John 20:17). He was no longer dead. He had risen, just as He said He would do.

If you are facing a time of intense brokenness, ask the Lord to speak to your heart. At the tomb, Mary cried. Her broken heart could withstand no more pain, and Jesus knew this. From death’s gate, He stepped through life’s veil and called out to her (John 20:16). Let Him do this for you even now.

Oh, Lord, speak to my heart in this season of brokenness. Step through the veil and touch me in the midst of my pain.

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