Reading: John 20: 1-18
“He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” We hear this familiar response, usually to start our worship on an Easter Sunday. It is one way that we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Once again this Easter season, it is good to hear the old, old story of Jesus’ triumph over death.
When reading the familiar passage from John, I was struck by something I hadn’t thought of before. Mary only recognizes Jesus at the tomb when he calls out her name. She does not know it is her Lord until He calls her by name. As we hear earlier in John’s gospel, “the sheep hear his voice.” Jesus’ own are able to recognize His voice. Have you ever pondered the relationship between seeing and hearing and believing?
This Easter season, be on the lookout for your name being called by Jesus’ voice. In what ways is Jesus calling out to you to serve the Risen Lord? Will you respond “Rabbouni!” (which means teacher) and learn and serve Jesus? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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