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Clear Eyes and a Full Heart

Written by: Taylor DiPaola

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“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

– John 20:16

She was heartbroken.

Jesus—the One who had redeemed her—was gone. He “had cast out seven demons” from her (Luke 8:2) and brought her into the light of His truth and love. She had followed Him, listening to His teaching and devoting her time to Him. Three days ago, He had been killed.

Now, standing in the darkness of the early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene’s heartbreak intensified: someone had taken Jesus’ body.

Could she not just mourn for Him? Did they have to be so cruel as to take Jesus away from His own tomb? Why could they not just leave His body in peace after all the torture they had already put it through?

Mary Magdalene told Jesus’ disciples the news. They rushed to the tomb, looked inside, and left. She alone still stood there, struck in her grief while all the others were gone.

She sought for Jesus in her grief, but she couldn’t see clearly through her sorrow. Two angels in the tomb spoke to her, but she did not recognize them for what they were. She noticed the gardener and pleaded with him for Jesus’ body, saying, “If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him,” (John 20:15). Her grief continued to cloud her sight.

Then, the gardener said her name. But—it wasn’t the gardener. She snapped up and saw with clear vision for the first time in days.


It was Jesus!

He was alive!

Jesus spoke to Mary Magdalene before sending her to tell His disciples of His resurrection. “I have seen the Lord!” she announced to them (Luke 20:18). No longer did grief cloud her understanding. No longer did it steal her joy and break her heart, for Mary Magdalene had seen Jesus!

Nearly two thousand years later, we, as believers, can have the same joy that Mary Magdalene had. While we have not seen Jesus with our own two eyes, we can see Him in the pages of our Bibles, in our daily circumstances, and in our prayers. We can have joy because we serve a living God who has power over all—including death.

Because Jesus is alive, we too can have life. Jesus’ death on the cross provided a way for humanity to be pardoned from every wrongdoing, and His resurrection allowed humanity to receive eternal life in Heaven with Him. No longer do we have to live in fear of death, but rather we can live in daily, Christ-given joy.

If you do not yet know Jesus as your Redeemer, then today is the day! Just as Jesus called out Mary Magdalene’s name, He is calling out yours. He loves you so very much. He came to this earth and sacrificed Himself so that He could save you and give you eternal life (John 3:16-17).

Romans 10:13 (KJV) says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you want to know Jesus today, call out to Him. Confess your sins (wrongdoings) to Him. Believe in who He is and in what He has done. Ask Him to come into your life as your Savior and Redeemer!

He loves you and is calling out to you today. Embrace Him and the joy of His salvation in your life.

We serve a God who is alive! We serve a God who gives us clear vision and fills our hearts with joy.


1. How has Jesus’ resurrection helped you see life more clearly?

2. Have you accepted Christ into your life, letting Him fill your heart with joy? If not, could today be the day that you say “yes” to Him?


Dear Jesus, I thank You for Your death on the cross to save me from my sins. I thank You that You are alive and still actively working today. Please fill my heart with the joy that only comes from You, and help me to see life how You want me to. You are a wonderful, loving God. In Your name I pray, Amen.



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