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)
The first resurrection message that Jesus declared is found in His encounter with Mary in the garden after He just rose from the dead. This first message encapsulates the entire New Testament mission and the reason why Jesus came to planet earth two thousand years ago.
Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead so that His Father could become our Father! My encouragement to you on this glorious Easter Sunday is for you to keep the main thing the main thing! Jesus paid the highest price in order for you to be able to call Almighty God your real Abba! Father!
My prayer is that the reality of our new birth into our Father's Kingdom would become more real today than it has ever been before. Jesus' Father is now our Father and His God is now our God! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast. (WEB)