In the resurrection account of John, the apostle includes these words of our Lord, right after Jesus reveals himself to May as resurrected: “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’” (Jn. 20:17).
Stop reading this, and just think about that for a minute.
Jesus’ first words as a resurrected man weren’t about theology. They weren’t about philosophy. They weren’t the cerebral doctrinal formulations some of us like, or the practical “life tips” others of us prefer. He wasn’t talking about predictions of the end of the age, or denunciations of his enemies, or even the canonical context of resurrection.
Instead, his first words were about sending this beloved woman, his sister, on a mission to tell something to his “brothers.”
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