Giving Ourselves as Gifts: He Told Me to Tell

By Campus Missionary Mary Rowley

If there’s one thing church ladies are good at, it’s talking. Enter any church on any given Sunday and you will probably witness some chattering women. I’m not saying this to make fun – well, maybe I’m making fun a little. The point is, the wonderful ladies who fill up our churches tend to be talkative!

Mary Magdalene seems to be this sort of woman. When she found the tomb open and empty on Easter morning, she didn’t keep it to herself. She immediately ran to find Peter and John. After Peter and John left, she stayed and talked to the angels (although she didn’t recognize that they were angels). Then she talked to Jesus (although she didn’t recognize that he was Jesus).

After Jesus opened her eyes and she saw that he was her Teacher, he didn’t hesitate. He knew what she was good at. “Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (John 20:17).

And what did Mary do? She “went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’ – and that he had said these things to her” (verse 18). She followed Jesus’s instructions to the letter. She told the disciples everything they needed to know to be filled with hope again.

We, too, have been given this instruction. We, too, have incredible news to share, news that will fill the world with hope. What better time to tell the world than now? Than today? Let’s get out with Mary Magdalene, go to our brothers and sisters, and tell them, “I have seen the Lord!”