If Jesus sat down with us for some one-on-one time, what would we ask Him? More importantly, how would we respond to His questions?
Knowing He is omniscient God, the Living Word of God [John 1:1-3] who knows the “thoughts and intents of the heart” [Hebrews 4:12], compels us to answer honestly and fully. No hiding, deflecting, or excusing. Just honest answers.
John’s Gospel records several questions Jesus asked in His earthly ministry. By personally considering each of His questions, we face His same probing truth. By responding truthfully, may we be drawn into a more intimate walk with Him.
23rd Question – Why Are You Weeping? Whom Are You Seeking?
Mary Magdalene naturally wept but uncharacteristically doubted.
As one of the small group of devoted followers who watched the crucifixion and burial, she witnessed the horror of man’s brutality against God’s Son. Following the “funeral” procession to the tomb, it was natural for her to grieve.
But as one of Jesus’ most steadfast supporters, her misled emotions made her doubt. On at least three occasions, Jesus foretold His death and resurrection [Matthew 16:21; Mark 9:31; Mark 10:33-34; Luke 18:31-33]. He also told them to meet Him in Galilee after His resurrection [Matthew 26:32; Mark 14:28]. Additionally, the angels at the tomb reminded them of His promise to come back to life [Luke 24:6-7].
Yet Mary Magdalene proceeded to His tomb. Finding it empty, she spread her doubt by telling Peter and John. “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him” [John 20:2].
After returning and confirming the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene stayed while Peter and John left. She remained—alone in her grief and doubt. However, she soon had some supernatural visitors with two supernatural questions.
And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” [John 20:12-13, bold text added].
Then Jesus appeared.
She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” [John 20:13-14, bold text added].
It wasn’t until Jesus called her by name that she recognized Him. Yet His questions truly remained unanswered. She wept because the Lord’s corpse was missing—a cause for rejoicing. The second question should have awakened His previous promises of rising from the dead. The first question prompted a reason; the second, a Person.
Oh, how frequently we allow circumstantial logic and observed “reasons” to cloud God’s Word and His leading. But when reminded of Who we truly seek and follow, our response must confront the Person of Jesus. “He is not here—why are you looking for Him here?”
May our steps of faith be directed toward the Galilee of promise, not the tomb of our doubt-fueled expectations. He waits for us where He promised to be—may we diligently seek and find Him there [Hebrews 11:6].
(Link to 22nd question; link to 24th question)