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But Mary stood outside facing the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb.She saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where Jesus’ body had
been lying. They said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “Because they’ve taken away my Lord,” she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus. “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve removed Him, tell me where you’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” —which means “Teacher.” “Don’t cling to Me,” Jesus told her, “for I have not yet ascended to the Father.John 20:11-17

Mary was not moving forward because she was…

Holding on to the PAST

Treating the TEMPORARY as if it were ETERNAL


Choosing COMFORT over FAITH

But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father—to My God and your God.” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what He had said to her. John 20:17a-18

Listen to the INSTRUCTIONS of Jesus and OBEY