“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.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). (John 20:15–16, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The above image comes from a painting by English artist Francis Barraud titled “His Master’s Voice.” It was acquired from the artist in 1899 by the newly formed Gramophone Company and adopted as a trademark by the Gramophone Company’s United States affiliate, the Victor Talking Machine Company. The dog, a terrier named Nipper, had originally belonged to Barraud’s brother, Mark. When Mark Barraud died, Francis inherited Nipper, along with a cylinder phonograph and recordings of Mark’s voice. Francis noted the peculiar interest that the dog took in the recorded voice of his late master emanating from the horn, and conceived the idea of committing the scene to canvas. (Wikipedia).
Mary did not recognize Jesus that Sunday morning. Despite everything Jesus has spoken about this very day, He was the last person she expected to encounter at the tomb. He was where He was supposed to be (at least nearby), but very much alive! She also did not immediately recognize his voice. But then, he spoke her name. “The sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (John 10:3–5, NIV 1984).
Many of us were not where we expected to be this Easter morning. But we still heard His voice. We recognized it. And even though we His “sheep” are scattered, we continue to follow Him. But there are many, many more who have not heard His voice. Or maybe, they have heard it, but have not recognized Him. Jesus is still speaking today, perhaps with an urgency that we’ve never heard before. Has He gotten our attention? May this Easter morning, be the most significant Easter morning since the first one, with many getting that flash of recognition of the Master’s voice calling them.
My Advice – Do you hear His voice calling you? Won’t you also follow Him?