Whom Are You Looking for?

John 20:11-18

Our first week on this transformative journey through Lent began with the question, “What are you looking for?” That week ended with Jesus’ question to the soldiers and police who had come to arrest him: “Whom are you looking for?” 

Today Jesus asks that question again, but in very different circumstances. Mary Magdalene was at his tomb early on Sunday morning, weeping and wailing. She was devastated and broken-hearted. She was so upset that when Jesus asked, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?,” she believed he was the gardener, and asked where Jesus’ body had been taken.

But then something amazing happened. Jesus said to her, “Mary.” And she turned and recognized him. Jesus spoke her name, and she turned and came face-to-face with the living Lord, Savior, Messiah, Son of God. When Jesus spoke her name, she realized that he was standing right in front of her. 

In this final week of our Lenten journey, turn and face Jesus, and hear him speak your name. He knows you and loves you and gave his life for you. He has kept you close throughout your life. No struggles, no problems, no sins, nothing in your past can separate you from his love.

Jesus is the one you’ve been looking for all along.


Questions to Ponder

• Before Jesus spoke Mary’s name, she mistook him for the gardener. What do people mistake Jesus for today? 

• When have you turned to face Jesus or heard him “speak your name”? How did this affect your life?

Prayer for Today

Holy Jesus, you know me and better than I know myself. Thank you for loving me and calling me your own. In your most holy name. Amen.