And sees two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.…
Mary's grief indicated —
1. We see this in her early visit, her lingering, and the words in which she expressed her sorrow. She had been tied to Christ by gratitude for a great service, and had been always ready to minister to His needs. All this had awakened a feeling of special possession.
2. We whom Christ has delivered from the thraldom of sin should, like her, cherish towards Him heartfelt devotion. The best company, even that of angels, would not compensate for the loss of Christ.
II. FORGETFULNESS. She could hardly have missed hearing Him refer to His resurrection. But memory failed her, as it did the apostles. Our grief often originates from or is intensified by our forgetfulness of Christ's promises. There is not a condition for which we cannot find some consolation in God's Word.
III. IMPULSIVENESS. Whom did she mean by "They"? Foes? Joseph? the disciples? Perhaps she had no definite ideas. Somebody had removed the body; but she never thought Christ Himself. So, too, our impulsiveness often lands us in wrong conclusions.
(F. J. Austin.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.