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When Jesus Calls YOUR Name... - John 20:11-18

When Jesus Calls YOUR name...
 
 
 
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John 20:11-18
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated whereJesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
 
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
 
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said,“and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
 
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
 
Thinking he was the gardener, she said,“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
 
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
 
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
 
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
 
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.
 
 
 
Greetings!
 
BlogFam, I do not know about you but when certain people call my name, a smile comes across my face.  I realize that I do not have the easiest name to pronounce and many people have boldly, though unintentionally mis-pronounced my name as if they had said it correctly. I do not have a nickname except for the one my daddy has called me since I was a little girl and that is not for public disclosure because it is ONLY to be used by my daddy.  I am not one of those people who asked what their parents were thinking when they gave them their name. Nope!  I LOVE MY NAME!  And I LOVE my full name, all 23 letters –DELESSLYN AUDRA KENNEBREW!
 
 
DELESSLYN {De-less-lyn} is a family name.  I am actually named after my mother, whose middle name is Delesslyn and my mother’s grandmother, my great-grandmother,gave that name to my mother.   So, I take great pride in my name and it does not bother me to correct those who mis-pronounce it by adding syllables or ignoring letters that are apart of my name.  I have even ignored people who have mis-pronounced my name because what they said was incorrect – though I do have a little sympathy for those over 60.  I,like many of you, enjoy hearing my name called correctly and in tones of love,appreciation and admiration.  I will admit that I have heard my name called when I needed to be corrected, and out of anger and disappointment for reasons that are not important enough to recall or mention in this moment.  However, I will say that I do not like to hear my name in those tones or called with negative attitudes.  I hope that when my name is called, it is worth every effort to pronounce because it most certainly is worth every muscle to smile when the sound of my name reaches my ears.
 
 
I can only imagine that this is how Mary Magdalene felt when Jesus said unto her, “Mary.” My my my! “Mary.” She had come early to the place where her Lord had been laid and He was not there! He was missing and she had no idea where He was!  She ran and told Peter and the other disciple.  They came running to find that what she said was true.  They left and Mary wept at the tomb.  She peeked in again after the disciples left and saw two angels.
 
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
 
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said,“and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
 
 
I am sure Mary’s eyes were so filled with tears and her mind racing with all kinds of thoughts about what might have happened to her Lord’s body.  She probably was just not seeing or thinking straight so much so she did not realize her Lord was standing right in front of her.
 
 
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
 
Thinking he was the gardener, she said,“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
 
 
She wanted some answers.  Tell me where Jesus is.  Please tell me where Jesus is.  Sir, I just want to care for His body and if you know where He is, PLEASE SIR, tell me where you have put Him and I will get Him!  BUT Mary was not talking to the gardener.  Mary was not talking to a stranger.  Mary was not talking to some random straggler.  In her distress, her eyes deceived her and her heart was so broken that she could not see that she was already in the presence of the Lord. 
 
 
Friends, have you ever been so stressed out, so overwhelmed with grief, so overly concerned about a person or a situation or yourself that you overlooked the gift of the presence of the Lord that has never left you nor forsaken you? My sistas and brothas, the presence of the Lord comes to us in our lowest points and we can miss the many ways that our Lord will make His presence known to us.  But because of the Lord’s abundant grace, in the midst of the ugliest situations of our lives, the Lord will call our name like no other person can.
 
 
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
 
 
MARY – I am here.  I am here. I am here.  Friends, sometimes ALL we need is to hear the Lord call our name. All we need is to be comforted by knowing that the Lord KNOWS our name.  All we need is to be raised by the Lord speaking our name.  For when the Lord calls our name, it means so much more than the affirmation of the creativity of our parents.  It means so much more than the validation of our own selfish ego.  It means so much more than the saturation of the atmosphere with some random mouthing of a name amongst names.  NO! When the Lord calls our name, He means to call our name!
 
 
Jesus said to her, “MARY.”  And when He called her name, I believe that in that moment, it resounded in the depths of her soul.  Her name had never sounded so sweet as when the Lord, spoke it in that moment.  I can only imagine that Lazarus felt the same way when Jesus said – LAZARUS, COME FORTH! - about ten chapters earlier when Jesus called his name to come forth out of his sleep of death.  I believe that Lazarus could relate to how Mary felt in this moment after hearing his name called, calling him out of his own grave and into life again!  My friends, I believe that when Mary heard her name called in that garden by her Resurrected Lord, it changed her life forever!  She had a relationship with Jesus before he was crucified and she loved him then BUT today was a NEW day!  Jesus is calling her name with the power of the resurrection undergirding His voice. “MARY.”
 
 
And when he called her name, she turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).  She immediately recognized her name and His voice.  There are certain things that the Lord can say to get our attention and the Lord knows exactly what will work.  And in that moment, He knew what would really get her attention – not what she saw but what she HEARD. And when she heard Him call her name, she KNEW it was NOT the gardener.  It was JESUS! Nobody could say her name like Jesus could say her name!  And when the Lord called her name, He meant to call her name!
 
 
She must have reached out to touch Him, to hug Him, to hold Him but -
 
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
 
 
Now, I have no idea why Jesus did not allow Mary to bask in this moment just a second longer to enjoy His presence all by herself but Jesus has always been focused on the larger mission at hand.  He knew that holding on to Him in that moment was not as important as spreading the word that He was alive AND that it was His time to ascend to His father.  There was still work to be done and He could not allow their emotional reunion distract Him from the completion of His work on earth. And she understood.
 
 
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.
 
 
BlogFam, on today, I pray that you would listen for the sound of the Holy Spirit calling your name.  Hush! Hush!  Somebody’s calling YOUR name!  Somebody takes pleasure in calling YOUR name and the ONE who is calling your name has a name that is above every name.  Hush!  Hush! Somebody’s calling YOUR name! I pray that YOU would listen and that whatever He tells you to do after He calls your name, I pray that you would be quick to obey and trust that when it is time for your name to be called again,He will call and You will answer. 
 
 
Friends, I know that, like Mary, you may have missed seeing the presence of the Lord BUT I pray that the grace of the Lord would be extended to you on today so that you can HEAR your name called in Holy and heavenly tones and then when this life is all over, I pray that YOUR name is called to receive your just reward!
 
Hush! Hush!  Somebody IS calling YOUR name and He means it!!!
 
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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Carol on Friday, June 26, 2015 10:54 AM
Isaiah 43:1 John10:3 R Lord calls his sheep by name
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