Mary mistook Jesus for the gardener, which suggests that Jesus was indistinguishable (impossible to tell apart) from an ordinary person. Gardeners often work in the early morning. 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.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” John 20:14-15

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Touch me not means more precisely, “don’t cling to Me.” When Jesus said He was not yet ascended, He meant that she should not worry that He would immediately disappear. My Father, and your Father maintains a distinction (difference, contrast, separation), between how Jesus and the disciples relate to God. Even so, Jesus called believers brethren (brother, fellow Christians).

Mary did not want to lose Jesus again. She had not yet understood the resurrection. Perhaps she thought this was His promised second coming. But Jesus did not want to be detained at the tomb. If he did not ascend to heaven, the Holy Spirit could not come. Both He and Mary had important work to do. 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to My God and your God.John 20:16-17

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my Voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Those who hear God’s voice are those who belong to Him—those who have been saved by His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus. These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice, because they know Him as their Shepherd. John the Baptist said he was not even worthy to be Christ’s slave, to perform the humble task of unfastening His shoes. Jesus said that John was the greatest of all prophets. If such a great person felt inadequate even to be Christ’s slave, how much more should we lay aside our pride to serve Christ! When we utterly understand Who Christ is, our pride and self-importance melt away.

The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me. ~John 10:27


Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you

Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols



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