“Everyday Easter II” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 20:17-18


“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 20:17) The first instruction that Jesus gives after His resurrection; to go. Mary is so excited once she realizes that the man in front of her is Jesus, but she is told that she can’t hold on to him there. In many ways, Mary is like us; when we find Jesus just want to stay with Him right where we find Him. Jesus tells us just as He told Mary, “Go, tell people about me.” We want to stay, to know that we are near the One our hearts have been longing for, but we are sent back into the world to tell others of who we have found. But we can be assured that we are not alone, for Christ goes with us. He too is out in the world, fulfilling the work of redemption, and tells us we must go and join him.