“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

In John 20:13 Mary Magdalene complained to the angels, “They have taken away my Lord and I don’t know where He is.” Have you ever had the Lord/your faith taken away from you? Sometimes it happens when life’s circumstances tumble in upon us—why did my loved one die, why isn’t my life working out, why do I have to deal with all of this stress and pain… Mary Magdalene is the woman from whom Jesus cast out 7 demons. Maybe she is panicked because if Jesus is gone it could mean her demons will come back. Some get freaked out-demons? There are lots of people under the thumb of present day demons like: lust, anger, greed, materialism, fear, worry, bitterness, addictions, perfectionism…The Lord gets taken from our homes when we neglect prayer and fail to talk about Jesus to our families. An hour or two of Sunday school and youth group isn’t enough to combat the constant onslaught of Satan.

Other times our Lord gets taken from us because of the people we give access to our hearts and heads. Don’t let anyone or circumstance, even yourself allow Jesus to be taken from you. Christians forfeit the resurrection power available to us by not staying connected to our source. Recall Jesus’ words “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” He is our source of joy and purpose. Notice Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and Jesus wasn’t there, others came and left, but Mary lingered. Notice her persistence. She is looking for her Lord, when He is actually standing right next to her. She doesn’t recognize Him because of her tears. Sometimes our grief can obscure God’s presence. We don’t realize just how close to us Jesus actually is. When you cry out, “where is God?” He’s probably standing right next to you ready to be actualized in your life. Activating this presence doesn’t require going to extremes to find Him. He’s done all the work to give you access to Him. He sent His Son to take the punishment of sin so you didn’t have to be punished and you don’t have to be at a distance from Him. Romans 8 says nothing can separate us from the Love of God!

Adapted from “Because He Lives” by Rev.Dr. William A. Lewis