But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher,…
I. Piety in SADNESS. Notice here —
1. The intensity of her affection.
2. The greatness of her courage. Few of the bravest men care to walk through a churchyard after dark; and rough soldiers were guarding Joseph's tomb.
3. The imperfection of her faith (ver. 15). We often only see a gardener in the sublimest messenger of God.
II. PIETY IN RAPTURE (ver. 16). Note —
1. The rapidity of our mental changes. Mary passed as in a moment from anguish to ecstasy.
2. The power of Christ's voice. Neither Gethsemane, the Cross, or the grave had changed it. Thus by a word Christ can lift the soul into the highest bliss.
III. PIETY IN ACTION. Note —
1. Christ's merciful identification with His disciples. "My Father and your Father."
2. The heavenward direction which their sympathies should take. Look upward — "I ascend," "Seek those things which are above."
3. The right direction of religious feeling. Action at once expresses and realizes emotion. Go and work.
(D, Thomas, D. D.)
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