But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 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. 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.
The truth was that Jesus was alive. The truth was that there would be no body in the tomb because Jesus was walking around in that body. The glorious, amazing truth was that Jesus had been dead but wasn’t anymore, and the grave could not keep Him. What a reason to rejoice. What great hope we find in that. But Mary wasn’t quite sure what was going on. She saw the empty tomb and speculated that someone must have taken away the body of her Lord, and so her false idea makes her sad and mournful when she should have been full of joy.
How often do we do that same thing? We misunderstand a situation or we can’t quite see what God is doing, and our own reasoning only leaves us full of despair. That’s why it’s so important to know for sure, beyond any doubt, the truth of God. Because discovering that truth turns our sadness into joy. It changes our perspective on the situation. It gives a different meaning to our experience.
Once Mary saw Jesus, she was a totally different person. Once she understood He was alive forevermore, that changed everything. And when we can see Jesus as He is, when we can understand His life, death and resurrection and what it means for us, we can be changed so completely. Our outlook on life changes. Our desires change. Our pursuits change. We have hope where none could have existed before. We experience God in a totally different way than we ever have before.
What kinds of false ideas might we have that are keeping us paralyzed in a place of defeat? Let’s seek out God’s version of the facts. Let’s look to Him to find out the whole truth about the situation and then see if that doesn’t change things a bit. Let’s not remain in that mournful place of misunderstanding, but allow Jesus to reveal Himself anew to us and change our perspective. He will come and enlighten us with His glorious truth, and we can find great peace and hope in that.