John 20:13-16 "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
"Woman," he said, "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."
Jesus said to her, "Mary."
All four gospels tell us of the various people that Jesus appeared to following His resurrection. The resurrection separates Christianity from other "religions." Only Jesus was raised from the dead. Paul tells us this: And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Corinthians 15:17-20).
And so today we stand in the victory of the cross and the assurance of the resurrection. He didn't just bring us out of the old but also into the new. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. . .The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6).
In Christ, we are forgiven. He paid a high price. He is worthy of our worship. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1, 2).
Like the others, just keep looking for Him. He might just show up in unusual places with unusual faces. I pray for pleasant surprises in difficult places for you today.