Crosspoint Church | Georgetown, TX

Easter Certainty…Jesus Says My Name!

Devotions this week based on the Easter Message: “Certain Hope for Uncertain Times”.

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Uncertainty leads to anxiety.

We all can relate.  As individuals, families, and communities we’ve been under a lot of stress these past months.  Covid and its affects.  Racial Tensions.  Political tensions. Teaching from home.  Quarantining…and more.  All of these events have had opportunity to create uncertainty in our hearts and minds and as a result…a level of anxiety.

We are not the first.

Uncertainty has always been a catalyst for anxiety.  The day Jesus rose from the dead was a day filled with uncertainty and as a result anxiety for the followers of Jesus.  But Jesus didn’t want that anxiety to continue…so he steps into these individuals world to bring certainty amidst their anxiety.  This week we’ll  look at some of those appearances.

First Mary.

Mary was crying.  Distraught as she didn’t know where the body of Jesus was.  She was only concerned about paying her last respects and now the body was gone.  The one she followed.  Her teacher, her master was dead and now the body stolen.  Anxious?  Fearful? Yes, but Jesus doesn’t leave her in her anxiety.  Read what happens (John 20:10-16)

10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 “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.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

All it took was Jesus saying her name and all the uncertainties, anxieties and worries of the moment went away.   She didn’t find the body of Jesus, Jesus found her and by saying her name affirmed his love, his care, and assured her he WAS very much ALIVE.

This account is a great reminder of how Jesus loves to come into our anxieties and fears when we think we are alone, blaming someone else for the circumstance, or just simply unsure of what the future holds and Jesus speaks your name, “Mike.” (Insert your name here!)

Sometimes that’s all it takes.  Hearing Jesus whisper your name reminds us and reassures us he is with us, loves us, and is right there for us in the middle of our anxieties and stress.

Apply: What are the situations that you are going through and trying to control and deal with?  Before you run frantically forward, pause and hear Jesus say your name and remind you that he is there to love you, encourage you and carry you through the challenges and stresses of life.

Prayer: Jesus thank you for coming alive on Easter assuring all of us that our relationship with you is secure by your love and grace.  Whisper in our hearts our name in the midst of our anxiety to replace it with certainty.  Amen.

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