he spoke my name
We are looking at “Jesus encounters” that occurred in the 40 days following His resurrection. Just as those first disciples were learning to follow Him even though He was about to no longer be present with them in bodily form, we too must be equipped to walk with our unseen God.
The scene is set: Mary Magdalene is outside Jesus’ tomb and is distraught over the disappearance of His body. Two angels inside of the empty tomb ask her why she is crying. In the next moment, Jesus is there and also asks why she is crying. Just like the two men on the road, Mary did not realize that it was the Lord speaking to her.
“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'” (John 20:15).
“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary'” (John 20:16).
There was something about the way He said her name, because in that instant, she knew she was face to face with the Lord. What was it about her spoken name that brought revelation?
I’ve heard it said that there is no sweeter sound to one’s ears than to hear their name spoken. I suppose Mary was accustomed to the Lord addressing her by name. She certainly followed closely and gave Him many opportunities to speak personally to her. Scripture invites us into one of the most tender moments between Christ and a beloved follower.
“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jeus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:37-38).
This is Mary, choosing to leave behind her sinful past and to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, the One who will save the world from its sins. Jesus honors Mary demonstration of lavish love and states to the scoffers that she loves much because she has been forgiven much.
Then He spoke directly to her, and she held her breath. Her life was held in the balance until he spoke the words of life: “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48).
The gentleness of the Lord’s voice was familiar to Mary. Upon hearing it that day at the tomb, she once again gave a tremendous sigh of release. Life anew has come to Mary, and she is more certain than ever that His voice will never mislead her.
Reflect on times that you have heard the Lord’s gentle voice speak to your heart. Did you make a written record of His words? If you doubt having ever heard the still and quiet voice of the Lord, ask Him to speak His Words of life over you right now. In fact, be so bold as to open a journal and be prepared to write what He speaks!
(for a dramatic presentation of Mary’s anointing Jesus with her tears and perfume, go to you tube and search “Large Human Video DFAF11 Fragrant Love”)