I love the story of Ruth in the Bible. The simple reason why I like her story is because she was a normal woman, just like one of us. She wasn’t famous or she didn’t have a great position. She was unseen, yet God showed her to the whole world through the Bible. Ruth was like a shining star in the time that she lived in and God really saw her. Why was she so special?
Meditation about John 20:16
Sometimes it really strikes me when someone calls my name. In daily life we usually just start talking: “Hey, how are you?’ “Hey, did you…?” This certainly occurs when there is no chance of confusion about who’s being adressed.
Dirt to your name?
Your name is a significant part of who you are, even if it is a common given name. When someone knows your name, you feel considered. When someone calls your name, you feel known. But sometimes you rather not have others know your name. You have done or experienced something that makes you feel ashamed. You don’t want to be associated with it. Your name should not be mentioned, because these associations will follow you your entire life.
The name of Mary Magdalene was also mentioned in light of a negative story (Luke 8:2). Seven demons had ruled over her. She would have never been freed of them. When Jesus encountered her, He knew everything. He knew her. Did He call her by her name then? He saw her. He knew what she suffered from. His word of power was enough to liberate her.
The power of hell is broken.
From that day on she had followed Him and provided for Him and His disciples out of her resources (Luke 8:3). She had come to know Him, she had seen His miracles. She also saw how He suffered. She saw Him dying and His body being burried. And now, while it is lying in the grave, she still wants to serve Him by embalming His body. But instead of the body she finds two angels! Overwhelmed by grief she does not comprehend what that means. She does not really see the Man standing behind her. But He sees and knows her: ‘Mary!’ Immediatly she realises Who He is. ‘Rabbouni!’ Just as He liberated her once from the demons’ power, He now calls her to come out of grief. The One Who has the power to drive out demons, has conquered death. The power of hell is broken.
He knows your name too, He knows my name. He sees how it is smeared with dirt. He knows the things no one else can ever know. He knows what your suffering from, perhaps even caused by your own sin. When He calls your name, what do you do? Do you walk away? Or do you respond? “But now, says the LORD – the One who created you, Jacob, the One who formed you, Israel: Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
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