Daily Bible Verses for 3/19/2016

Passion of Christ: Jesus is With Us Always – (John 20:13-16)

Bible Verse
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.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 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.” Jesus said to her, “Mary” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni” (which is to say, Teacher).

Reading Notes
Mary was weeping because she thought she would never see Jesus again. She did not understand that Jesus the Messiah had to die for our sins and rise again. Moreover, she did not realize that Jesus will be with us forever more. In her grief, she couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing Jesus again and was unable to focus on eternity to come. Her grief and cares of this world blinded her to the fact that God was standing right there beside her. All Mary had to do was take her eyes off the fallen world around her and look up, and when she finally looked up, much to her amazement and surprise Jesus was with her. He was standing right beside her. He spoke with her and comforted her and saw her through her time of struggle and pain.

And Jesus is always here with us as well. We can learn from Mary’s lesson, Jesus is always there beside us. God will never leave us, and He won’t let us be left alone during our most severe times of trial. Therefore, we must never forget Jesus is alive today and He is waiting for us to turn to Him in our time of struggle and pain. He is faithful to comfort us, to give us guidance and hope. Moreover, God has sent us a Helper, the Holy Spirit who dwells with us always. The Holy Spirit will always be here, by our side strengthening us, guiding us and working out the will of God in our lives. We have to remember Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father. The position of the right hand of the throne is symbolic of the power and sovereignty of Christ. Moreover, the fact that He is seated signifies His work of redemption is complete. There is nothing more we can do to add or take away from what Jesus did for us at the Cross of Calvary.