Do not cling to me - 10
I'll wrap up this "Do not cling to me" discussion with this thought from Oswald Chambers.
"Go in your mind, rouse yourself up, indulge no more in reminiscent worship. That is a danger that persists until we realize that Jesus is risen not to the old life but to an inconceivably new life, and that our relationship to Him now is to be an altogether different one." *
There comes a point when we can't sit by the tomb anymore. We can't keep weeping and searching for the things we long to return to. We need to come to a point where we say, "enough is enough, it's time to move forward." Then we take a deep breath and step up to what God has already spoken to us. You will usually find that God speaks right away. He whispers it deep in our spirit and gently calls our name in the midst of our mourning and searching. The loss can be so loud and present in our mind that we don't hear him or recognize his voice. Even when we do, we instinctively don't want to go. But you can't sit by the tomb forever. Rouse yourself and put away the reminiscent worship, as Chambers calls it. Worship is a good thing, right? Yes, but worship is a living, fluid thing, like a river. We can't sit on the bank of the river and watch it go by. That's the danger, that we decide to remain in the old life and never have an opportunity to experience the inconceivably great new life God has waiting for us. We tend to linger in the old life far too long. We keep doing what we're good at, exercising our giftings and talents for the Lord. It sound good, but it's like day old manna. The whole point of the kingdom life is not doing good but being obedient. Our wholehearted obedience to a good God is not only doing good things, but it's doing the best things. It's a new and different relationship with God today, and tomorrow, and the next day.
John 20:11-18 (ESV) "But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 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). 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.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her."
* Chambers, O. (1958). The Place of Help. Marshall, Morgan and Scott.