After Jesus died, perhaps Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus had cast seven devils, felt the loss more than the others. Peter could go back to fishing, but Mary didn't have a life before Jesus.
Her heart must have been longing for His presence when she went to the garden that Sunday morning. Jesus arose from the dead, and because His full surrender of Himself had been first of all for His Father, He had to go to Him first. Yet, it seems almost as if Jesus broke protocol when He stopped by the garden and spoke to Mary first. His heart could not resist such desire for His presence.
It is still Jesus' desire, His delight to communicate with us. Since the beginning of time, God has sought fellowship with us.
-The Lord walked in the garden offering intimate fellowship with Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:8)
-Enoch walked with God 365 years. The Hebrew reads, "He caused himself to walk with God" (Genesis 5:24). Always, the walking with God is determined by what we do.
-Abraham knew frequent times of fellowship with God. In Genesis 13:14, God talked with Abraham and then the Lord went His way. When? When Abraham quit praying.
-"The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend" (Exodus 33:11).
-Jesus said, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you" (Luke 22:14, 15). Barclay translates this, "I have desired with all my heart to eat this Passover with you."
Christ still responds to us when we deeply desire to draw near Him.
Dear Jesus, thank You for drawing near to me when I draw near to You.
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us" (1 John 3:1).