Mary was frantic: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:2).
She saw a man, assumed he was the gardener, and asked him if he had taken the body. And then Jesus revealed himself to her simply by saying her name, “Mary” (v. 16). Her response? She fell at his feet and worshipped him. Mary forever has the honor of being the first person to worship the risen and victorious Lord.
Mary Magdalene was a worshipper. She had been healed and delivered of much, and she loved Jesus thoroughly. She followed him. She gave her complete focus. She gave her resources. She gave her heart. She gave her unconditional surrender.
This is what Jesus most longs for. He’s not panting after your sacrifice or even your obedience. He doesn’t need your money. He doesn’t need your gifting. Oh but he wants your heart. He longs for your love. Our adoration is the one thing we possess that he cannot claim without our offering it to him.