“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).”

(John 20:15-16 ESV)

“Woman, why are you weeping?”

It is the yearning of our hearts — the hope that death is not the end — and it is perfectly conveyed when Jesus met Mary.

“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’

“The anniversary of that day,” wrote author Henry Van Dyke, “Will forever be the festival of the human soul.”

The power of an endless life!

Your life does not need to be in order for you to come to Him, you can come just as you are. You do not need to clean up your life or those hidden sins or habits keeping you from God.

All the worries you have…

…or the excuses you invent, “I can get around to straightening things out with God tomorrow…”

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And when we come to Him as we are, we are joined to the death of Christ. Those sins we worried about were nailed to the Cross – this is more than forgiveness – you’ve been delivered from whatever was holding you back, and your heart has been set free!

“In Christ you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ.” – Colossians 2:11-12 NIV

Your heart has been set free.

When we realize this, when we really contemplate just what has been done for us and to us, we cannot help but worship — the natural tendency of a recovered heart.

Brian Jackson is President and CEO of Mighty Missouri Coffee Co., a coffee roasting company and cafe located in North Dakota, where he swims, bikes, runs, and does everything else he can to be outside. His faith journey has led him from adventures in the out-of-doors to adventures in entrepreneurism, and through it all he hopes his life points to someone greater.