Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). (Jn. 20:16 NAS)
The verse above gives us an interesting narration of what happened early resurrection morning. When the body of Jesus was not found in the tomb, Mary stayed back, weeping outside the tomb. Jesus came behind her and asked her why she was weeping, and she thought He was the gardener. Then the Lord did something that immediately catches her attention, because it made her recognize Him immediately. Jesus called her by name- Mary! As soon as that word came out of His mouth, she did not need any further introduction.
The Lord knows us by name. He is not very distant. Even when we change names, like Saul to Paul, He will call the name that we are currently using! His use of our name relays His personal knowledge and relationship with us. He is not a God that is distant. Moreover, He said “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (Jn. 10:27). As you get intimate with the Lord, you get familiar with His voice. You will immediately recognize Him when He calls your name. There are certain persons in our lives who call us in some particular way, and we immediately recognize them by simply hearing their voice. The Lord wants you to know He also calls you by your name, and He loves to do that!
Think about the beauty in that scripture above. Ponder and declare it again and again to yourself. Have you ever thought that the Lord knows you by your name?
Thank the Lord for His intimacy with us. Ask Him to sharpen your eyes to hear Him when He calls more clearly.
From henceforth, practice the habit of tuning your ears in silence to listen to Him after you talk to Him in prayer.
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