Without question, my favorite superhero is Superman. Something about his ability to fly really captivates me. I’m even more impressed by his response to crises. He’s Clark Kent – a news reporter – most of the day, but as soon as trouble arises, he reveals his true identity. Something about seeing others in trouble will not let him be the cool, calm, and collect Clark Kent.
Today’s passage shows that Jesus also responds to crises. In this text, Mary Magdalene was in a crisis – she thought someone had stolen Jesus’ body. She was so distraught, so discouraged, that she didn’t recognize Jesus! But just like the SUPER-MAN He is, Jesus wouldn’t let this crisis cripple her. In her moment of distress, Jesus revealed Himself as the resurrected Savior. This revelation reinstated her faith, and she ran and told the disciples the good news!
Hopelessness and despair abound in our world, and people are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. Just like Jesus, it’s time for us to stand up and be counted. Dust off your testimony and knowledge of scripture, and start sharing the good news about Jesus! Get up from obscurity (hiding your identity), and remind people that Jesus is still able, and available, to meet their needs!
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are (Romans 8:19, New Living Translation)