“Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the 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.”
Please don’t let yourself skip over Jesus’ precise instruction of who Mary was to go to. He said my brothers. Not my followers, not my servants, but my brothers. As if that were not enough, He said His Father was their Father. If the disciples had suffered from an identity crisis, Mary could clear that up for them. She had heard Jesus say their Father and His Father were indeed one in the same. He then told Mary that this God that He served, this God that He came from, this God that He was ascending to, was their God too. This speaks volumes to me. This says FAMILY.
Anyone that knows me, knows that sometimes I refer to my close friends and family as “my people”. This is a term of endearment on my part. I want the people I am speaking with to know that the people I am speaking about are important to me, they matter, they are mine.
Jesus wanted Mary and the disciples to know the same thing. He also wanted those of us who would read His words later to know that we are His family. If you need more proof then take a look at Romans 8:17,
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
There is something else I want us ladies to see from our verse in John. When Jesus addressed Mary, He called her by name. He knew the only thing that would lift her eyes and end her grief was for her to hear her name called by her Master. Ladies, Jesus knows our names. He also knows that for a woman, identity is important. In a world where it is increasingly difficult to know our identity, Jesus puts an end to that confusion. He knows our name. For all the times we don’t feel noticed, He knows our name. For all the times we are misunderstood, underappreciated, unloved, uncertain, and feel underqualified, we must remember that Jesus knows our name.
Knowing that Jesus is my brother, that He is my family, and that He knows my name makes me thrilled to say I am one of “His people”.
Rest in your identity today.