Is a candle put under a bed?
Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? (Mark 4:21)
Mary Magdalene loved Jesus very much. After all, one who is forgiven of much, will love very much (Luke 7:47). This same love brought Mary to the foot of the cross, and again to the tomb on the first day of the week. She found there a sight which chilled her:
A stone rolled away.
A tomb empty.
A corpse stolen.
At the tomb's entrance, she wept for her Lord pitifully and pleaded with the Stranger, "They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him." But, at the sound of her name, "Mary," she realized who was speaking to her. She turned toward Him and cried out, "Rabboni!"
This title of Rabboni, the only time used in the Scriptures, is a title of extreme respect, honor and reverence. Mary, at the tomb, had made the most grand discovery. Jesus had risen! He could have appeared to Pilate. He could have walked into the court of the High Priest. He could have first visited His disciples. He could have rode into Jerusalem in a chariot of fire. No, He had to first appear to Mary, for she was grieving, and she loved Him much.
Pause, and take another look at Calvary. That's God on the cross. Those are iron spikes in His hands and feet. And it's you who put Jesus there. You cannot look upon the scene and walk away unstirred and dry-eyed. Your decision for Christ is not an intellectual exercise, but it is a heart-rending hour of turmoil - a clash of wills. You cannot just sleepily whisper a sinner's prayer and descend from Calvary poised and cool, and expect your life to be just as it was before. If you have, then you never really met Him.
No one can have a personal encounter with the resurrected Christ without it changing their lives. If you have truly met the Master, you will never be the same. If the candle of your soul has been kindled by the Light, you cannot - will not - hide it under a bushel. Jesus' mandate to you will be clear, and you will not be able to contain the flood in your heart as it spills over to others, "I have seen the Lord!"