Knowledge Requires Action

“Mary Magdalene went and she announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ and what he said to her.”

(John 20:18)

John uses this account of Mary to bring Resurrection morning to a close — almost in summary. The focus here, of course, is that Mary is returning and sharing with the others about the one on one interaction she has had with the risen Christ. And, regardless of your opinion of the hymn, it is this account that inspired C. Austin Miles to write, “In the Garden.”

We have discussed, and this passage reinforces, the importance of telling others about what you have seen and what you know to be true. The Christian has a message to share and I daresay that if we do not share said message, we may not really be Christians. I recently read a news article about a man who spotted some people who were drowning, having overturned a small fishing boat in one of the tributaries that leads down to the Gulf of Mexico. He had been driving along a highway bridge and something odd in the water caught his eye. He pulled over, looked more closely, and called emergency rescue, aiding in the rescuing of these people. 

So, what would you say of this man if he had never called the emergency rescue folks? He knew people were in the water but he could have chosen to ignore that knowledge and act like that knowledge did not affect his daily activities (it didn’t!). We would be wretches! And, to avoid public scrutiny, we would likely deny that we had seen anything (at least publicly). The bottom like, folks, is that knowledge demands that we engage in action. Knowledge of a drowning man means that we need to engage in trying to help him. Knowledge of a society drowning in sin means that we need to engage in telling them the truth about Jesus Christ. Mary did what we are all called to do…will you follow her example?

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