A Second Peek

Now 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. John 20:11-14

In Mary’s second peek into the tomb, she saw two angels in white. She doesn’t appear to be startled by them, which is unusual. Instead they try to get her to talk about what was happening. The second part of this is when she saw Jesus but didn’t recognize Him. Any number of reasons could account for that. Perhaps he was so badly disfigured that he would have been unrecognizable. Combine that with her distraught over the empty tomb and it’s not surprising that she wouldn’t know who He was. And she wasn’t expecting Him to be there since the last she saw him, he was dead.

So she saw two angels and Jesus himself but she wasn’t moved by it. Instead she was still mourning Jesus’ death. If she hadn’t “gotten it” yet, it would be mere seconds before it all would be falling into place.

We too get so focused and caught up in the moment that we don’t see obvious miracles in front of us. We ponder and analyze and scratch our heads and the miracles are staring right back at us. Lord open our eyes to see obvious truth. And sometimes that obvious truth is something we’ve seen a million times: a newborn baby, a sunset, a pat on the back. Miracles? No necessarily. But at the right time, it can be life altering.

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