Sermon Notes March 31, 2024 Easter Sunday

Mary Didn’t See Him 

“The Blind Spot Test” 

John 20:11-16, “Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.13 They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put Him.’ 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking He was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have put Him, and I will get Him.’16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means “Teacher”).” 

  1. Sometimes life can kick you so hard that you can’t imagine ________________________. Your grief forms a blind spot.
  2. Another idea about Mary is that she couldn’t see Jesus because her mind wouldn’t entertain that He had been  ______________________.
  3. One last reason that might explain Mary’s inability to see Jesus is because of her sense of ____________________.      She might be thinking, “Why would Jesus come to me? Why would I matter?”