Mary had not heard the good news but returned to the tomb still weeping because she didn't know where Jesus’ body was. She then saw the two angels but was so distraught and overcome with tears she didn’t recognize them for what they were. Just then Jesus approached her, but she thought the man was only the gardener.
Mary asked Him to tell her where Jesus’ body was, saying that if He had put it somewhere else, she would take it. Jesus had been buried in the borrowed tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
All Jesus had to do was say her name. Even if her eyes were unable to see Him through her tears, her ears recognized His voice. He told her to go and tell the others what had happened. Through this experience, Mary had the distinction of being the first person to see the risen Jesus. This alone qualifies her as a true Bible hero.
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And learn more by reading the following passages: Matthew 27:56, 61 and 28:1; Mark 15:40, 47 and 16:1-19; Luke 8:2 and 24:10; and John 19:25 and 20:1-18.