A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<p>”Jesus Appears To Mary Magdalene”, John 20:10) Then the disciples went away unto their own home. 11) But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher. 12) And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the Body of Jesus had lain. 13) And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. 14) And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Luke 24:16, 31. 15) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom sleekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away. 16) Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master. Matthew 23:8. 17) Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me Not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God and your God. 1Peter 1:3. 18) Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v11-18 We are likely to seek and find, when we seek with affection, and seek in tears. But many Believers complain of the clouds and darkness they are under, which are methods of grace for humbling their souls, mortifying their sins, and endearing Christ to them. A sight of angels and their smiles, will not suffice, without a sight of Jesus, and God’s smiles in Him. None know, but those who have tasted it, the sorrows of a deserted soul which has had comfortable evidences of the love of God in Christ and hopes of Heaven, but has now lost them and walks in darkness, such a wounded spirit who can bear? Christ, in manifesting Himself to those that seek Him; often outdoes their expectations. See how Mary’s heart was in earnest to find Jesus. Christ’s way of making Himself known to His people is by His Word; His Word applied to their souls, speaking to them in particular. Master. See with what pleasure those who love Jesus speak of His Authority over them. He forbids her to dote upon His bodily presence. Observe the relation to God, from union with Christ. Inasmuch as we partake of a Divine nature, Christ’s Father is our father, and since He partakes of the human nature, our God is His God. Christ’s Ascension into Heaven, there to plead for us, is likewise an unspeakable comfort. Let them not think this earth is to be their home and rest: their eye and aim, and earnest desires, must be upon another world, Heaven.
Quest Study Bible – v17 Touch Me not …..Perhaps Jesus wanted Mary to understand the significance of His Resurrection. From now on His physical presence would not be so important to His disciples. But the spiritual presence, in the person of the Holy Spirit, would be.
John Gill’s Exposition -v16 and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus;….. she saw a person, but did not know who He was, by reason of the form of His appearance, the difference of His clothes, and not expecting to see Him alive; sometimes, in a spiritual sense, Christ is with, and near His people, and they know it not: Christ, as God, is Omnipresent; He is every where, and in all places; the spiritual presence of Christ, is more or less, in some way or another, always in all His churches, and among His dear people; but the sight of Him is not always alike to them, nor does He appear to them always in the same form; nor is His grace always discovered in the same way, nor has it the same effect. v17 Jesus saith unto her, touch me not,…. Not that His Body was an aerial one, or a mere “phantom”, which could not be touched; the prohibition itself shows the contrary; and besides, Christ’s body was afterwards presented to Thomas, to be touched by him, and to be handled by all the disciples; and His feet were held by the women, which is what Mary would have now done: upon the discovery of Him, she threw herself at His feet, and was going to embrace and kiss them, to testify her affection and joy, when she is forbid; not as unworthy of the favour, because she sought Him among the dead, for which the angels reproved her and the rest; but either because He was not to be conversed with, as before His death, His body being raised immortal and glorious; or rather, because He had an errand to send her on to his disciples, which required haste; for I am not yet ascended to my Father;…… nor shall I immediately go to Him; I shall make some stay upon earth; as He did, forty days before His ascension;
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