Of Crackpots and Fruitcakes

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:18

Mary had the best news you could ever hear: I have seen the Lord. Peter and John hadn’t seen Him. None of the other disciples had seen Him. They only had Mary’s word to go on. Were they joyous or upset at Mary bringing them he news…again? We don’t know but as we’ll see tomorrow, they were a frightened bunch despite the great news.

Sometimes the Lord gives us something that shouldn’t be shared with others. Even though Jesus had told Mary to tell the Disciples that she had seen Him, I’m not sure they were convinced she saw Him. On the face of it, the story was quite fantastical. The only other incident that they could relate to was Lazarus.

I suppose their reaction would be similar to those who tell us they’ve seen the Lord. “Right, another fruitcake.” And yet, shouldn’t that be the norm? I’m not saying we should seek Him until He reveals himself, then tell the whole world we just saw Jesus. Crackpot. Instead, we have to be very careful who or why we say that if we ever encounter the Lord in such a way. Why? While your motives are good, people who are not receptive to hearing it will write you off. And who could blame them?

Sometimes, though, what’s between you and the Lord should stay that way unless you are called and committed to sharing and living by what you say.

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