17 Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold me, for I haven’t yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (WEB)
In John 15:15 we read of a change in intimacy between Jesus and His disciples. He tells them... No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. (WEB)
Because Jesus revealed His Father's heart to them, something in their relationship deepened. In John 17:3, as Jesus is praying to His Father, He declares that the definition of eternal life is knowing both Father and Son, so His revealing of His Father to them changed everything.
But then Jesus dies on the cross and on the third day He rises from the dead! He meets Mary in the garden just outside His tomb, and He has a message that He wants her to give them. This is the FIRST thing that Jesus tells His disciples after the resurrection. As far as I am concerned, I believe that today's passage of Scripture summarizes the entire purpose of the New Testament.
Now that Jesus has risen from the dead, He no longer addresses His disciples as His servants or His friends. Because of His death, burial and resurrection, He now calls them His brothers. And Jesus doesn't stop there. He says 'go to my brothers, and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'". (WEB)
This is the reason why Jesus conquered sin, satan and death. He paid the highest price that could be paid so that He could become your big brother and you could call His Father... your Father! My prayer is that the amazing revelation of the gospel could be so simplified in our life experience, that we would know it is all about us being part of the most amazing family in the universe!
29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.30 Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things?33 Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. (WEB)