Amazingly, after all of the events leading up to Good Friday, there are still so many significant events recorded in the Bible about the Resurrection ofJesus. It is so wonderful that Jesus turns things upside down in His victory over death, in the midst of the male dominated society of His day, Jesus appears first to a woman and one who had a bit of a reputation for sin.
Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene, recorded in John 20:11-18, GNB.
Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her. She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!” Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?” She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means Teacher). “Do not hold on to me,” Jesus told her, “because I have not yet gone back up to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.” So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her.
Even when all seemed hopeless, Mary was there at the tomb and was rewarded with this incredible encounter with Jesus, her Lord and her Master. This Easter, never give up, even when all seems hopeless and out of control, Jesus is there for you. The events surrounding Easter are the source of forgiveness and love for all who believe and follow Jesus as their Saviour.