Cindy Grasso

Cling to Jesus

The first recorded eyewitness testimony of seeing Jesus after the resurrection is a woman named Mary who was sobbing in the garden after the disciples had left. When she hears a voice asking her why she is crying, and turns to see, it is Jesus Himself resurrected. Just as she is ready to fling her arms around Him, Jesus says, “Mary, don’t cling to me, for I haven’t yet ascended to God, my Father.” (John 20:16 TPT)

In the verse before this, Mary calls Him Rabbi which means Teacher. Jesus gently corrects her as He continues, “And he’s not only my Father and God, but now he’s your Father and your God! Now go to my brothers and tell them what I’ve told you, that I am ascending to my Father—and your Father, to my God—and your God!” John 20:17 TPT

Jesus is proclaiming the work that is finished and the family that is one. This is the first time He called the disciples brothers and here is essentially calling her sister. Jesus is telling her to not cling to the way she once knew Him for everything has changed now. Jesus is not a man who taught people about God in the past, He is the Son of God who is present today to all He calls family. To all who believe and trust Him. To all who repent and receive His forgiveness. To all who enter the embrace of grace and love from God as Father.

This is what we cling to, not the memory of Jesus but the present reality of the living, powerful, real relationship we have with Him today. May your heart be filled with wonder as you embrace the glory of God present with you and the truth that you are His beloved family.

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