Where have you Put Him? (Day 11 of the resurrection)

John 20:15b “Sir, if you have carried Him away tell me where you have put him and I will get him.”

It isn’t a formal question but it holds a question. Have you carried Him away? Where have you put Him? It so reminds me of the beloved in Song of Songs.

Night after night I’m tossing and turning on my bed of travail. Why did I let him go from me? How my heart now aches for him, but he is nowhere to be found! So I must rise in search o him, looking throughout the city, seeking until I find him. Even if I have to roam through every street, nothing will keep me from my search. Where is he – my soul’s true love? He is nowhere to be found. Then I encountered the overseers as they encircled the city. So I asked them, “Have you found him – my heart’s true love?” Just as I moved past them, I encountered him. I found the one I adore! I caught him and fastened myself to him, refusing to be feeble in my heart again. Now I’ll bring him back to the temple within where I was given new birth – into my innermost parts, the place of my conceiving. Song of Songs 3:1-4

Oh such love for Christ I see in Mary and in this passage from Song of Songs. The longing expressed is the same.

When I read the passage from Song of Songs allegorically as the loved one and Christ, it takes me into Mary’s kind of heart. The sense of losing Christ, His presence and love. All is struggle apart from His love and presence. She cannot live without Him. The determination to find Him no matter what. The realizing - in the loss - that He is her soul’s true love. Moving past others that she looked for answers from. Turning to follow her own soul, she finds Him. Fastening herself to Christ, she never wants to let go again. She takes Him into the place where she was originally given new birth, into her innermost being. This is resurrection joy! This is the greatest search and find in life.

Of course, we can’t “lose” Christ but there are times when it feels like we have, maybe through sorrow or maybe from our neglect or lack of keeping the Treasure as the Treasure. Mary lost Christ to death; she found Him in life. Experiencing Jesus’ death made Mary realize all the more that He was her heart’s true love. She wanted to be near Him even if it was only the remains of His body.

Romans 6:8 tells us that we were buried with Him in baptism into death so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may have a new life.

Colossians 2:12 repeats this truth, bringing in the element of faith: we have been buried with him in baptism, raised with him through our faith in the working of God, who raised Jesus from the dead.

This dying is lived out practically in our lives: the places where we die to our old person’s ways of clutching a life outside of God, where circumstances seem to light a fire under that old person’s ways of dealing with the loss of the ideal. The resurrection is also lived out in beautiful ways. We face the question asked in the beginning, except the question is towards ourselves. Where have I put Christ? In these places of revelation and dying we realize, like Mary, that Jesus is our heart’s true love. We rise to "bring Him back" and to fasten ourselves to Him in love.

Prayer Practice:

Read both passages of scripture and place yourself in the story as Mary. Stop at every place where it stands out to you. Notice where the scripture causes longing, resistance, fear, joy, etc.

Write out your thoughts and desires in a letter to Jesus.

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