God as Re-creator

Amy Curran

Read: John 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

On the day Jesus died, Mary lost a friend, a teacher, and her hope, all in the same moment. Jesus had invited his disciples into a new way of life. When Jesus was crucified, it seemed as though the hope of this new life was crucified along with him.

In the midst of this loss, Mary must have felt hopeless. Imagine her despair when Jesus’ tomb was empty, and the body presumably stolen! Is it any wonder that she didn’t recognize the man standing before her?

Mary mistook Jesus for a gardener, but perhaps Mary was not incorrect. In order for life to be made new, death had to be defeated. The resurrection made new life possible—it brought a new creation. The Gospel of John begins by remembering the creation story and introducing Jesus as the creator, the gardener. By introducing Jesus as the gardener on resurrection morning, the Gospel puts him in the role of the re-creator who makes all things new.

Creation did not end on the sixth day. Rather, our God continues to work intimately within our world to make order out of chaos and beauty out of despair. The creator God again walks the garden in the cool of the day, this time as the resurrected Christ. Through the resurrection, God is at work to restore and re-create, thereby coaxing life out of death. —Amy Curran

As you pray, reflect on areas of your life that have received, or need to receive, God’s re-creation.