Tears

Finding Jesus

Mary, the mother of Jesus, sat outside the tomb on the first day of the week crying.

One of the two angels in white robes sitting there said, “Woman why are you crying?” It is easy to imagine hearing her reply in between sobs of sorrow: “Because they have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him” (John 20:13 NASB).

It is interesting that later, she saw Jesus but it was only when her crying ceased. William Barclay wrote, “The simple and poignant fact is that she could not see him through her tears.”[1]

To her credit, her heart was broken. She thought someone had taken her beloved’s body away. Fresh from the death of her son, the grief and the sorrow was too much for her to bear.

So many people seek Jesus. They seek the peace their lives lack. They seek solace from their sins that only Jesus can take away, yet they do not see him in the word of God through their tears.

To be sure, there are many, many others who would like to grant help to those seeking Jesus, but they only offer false hope. Their teachings promise a relationship with the Lord, only until it is realized there is no closeness with the Lord in the perverted teachings of men.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). If we would see Jesus, sight will only come if we take the right path, and that path does not include accepting the doctrines and practices of the religions of men.

It is painful to think how many people are living without Christ in their lives because they cannot see the only way to the Lord even for their tears.

Clear your eyes. Find in the Bible that the only way to redemption is through obedience to the gospel, and you will find Jesus. Then, only tears of joy will fill your eyes.

[1] “The New Daily Study Bible “The Gospel of John,” Page 313

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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