by Ron Dunn

Missing the Point
Dr. Ron Dunn
John 20

This morning, we'll read verses 10-18.

"Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary
stood outside the tomb crying. And as she wept she bent
over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white
seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and
the other at the foot. They asked her, 'Woman, why are
you crying?' 'They have taken away my Lord,' 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. 'Woman,' He said, '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.'
Then, Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' She turned toward Him and
cried out in Aramaic, 'Rabboni,' which means 'teacher.'
Jesus said, 'Do not hold onto Me, for I have yet to return
to the Father. Go and say to My brothers and tell them I
am returning 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."

I remember some years ago I was in a church and I was doing noon services. I was speaking from Psalm 37. And after I finished one day, a man in the church came up to me...I was expecting a compliment, I guess. I wasn't expecting what he said. He said, "You know, Preacher, you missed the whole point of that passage." The pastor heard that and every once in awhile he writes me little note that says, "You missed the whole point."

I guess it is easy sometimes for us to miss the whole point. As a matter of fact, that's what Mary Magdalene did when she came to the tomb and saw the empty tomb that morning...she missed the whole point. And it's interesting to realize that the first person who saw the risen Lord didn't recognize Him. ...

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