The Empty Tomb and The Risen Son

 Early on the first day of the week while it was still dark Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said “they have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.” If I could go back in time, I would express to Mary that the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead now dwells in His believers and because of His Spirit, His followers have life, can walk in the Fathers statutes, have unconditional love, and serve God and others without self-interest.

 I would tell Mary knowing Jesus is an experience of the fullness of joy and oneness, for He prayed for His disciples that all that the Father has given Him be protected by the power of His name so that they may be one as He and the Father are one. Jesus asked the Father to protect them from the evil one and sanctify them by the truth of His word. Jesus also prayed to the Father for all believers that they would unite as one just as He and the Father are one. Jesus said He has given His believers the glory that the Father has given Him, declaring “I in them and you and me so that they may be brought to complete unity then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” I would tell Mary Jesus has made himself known in order that the love God has for Him is in His believers and He is in them. He also said that the Spirit of truth will guide them into all truth, not speaking on His own but speaking what He hears, and He will tell them what is yet to come.

 I would tell Mary that Jesus’ gospel message and the kingdom’s imminent coming is being proclaimed all over the world, many are being saved and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. And visual technology is how the gospel message along with knowledge that is increasing is being communicated. Reflecting back in scripture God told Daniel that knowledge would increase in Daniel 12:4, which it is also through visual and virtual technology which would amaze her.

Finally, I would tell Mary His followers worship and celebrate Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection every year and her finding His empty tomb. In addition, His followers continually thank Him for His saving grace and redeeming love; rejoicing, thanking God in all circumstances, and praying constantly, for it is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. And the name of Jesus is exalted as He sits at the right hand of the Father and reigns in His kingdom. His followers are waiting patiently for His return. There would be plenty more I could tell Mary or even give her a Bible, for I would not be able to write everything in this short story and some things are better left alone, she would not be able to anything about them only God can and those He has called and equipped to fulfill His purpose. End of story giving God all the glory and the risen Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Love from the Father.

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