Three Aspects of Piety
John 20:11-18
But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher,…

I. Piety in SADNESS. Notice here —

1. The intensity of her affection.

2. The greatness of her courage. Few of the bravest men care to walk through a churchyard after dark; and rough soldiers were guarding Joseph's tomb.

3. The imperfection of her faith (ver. 15). We often only see a gardener in the sublimest messenger of God.

II. PIETY IN RAPTURE (ver. 16). Note —

1. The rapidity of our mental changes. Mary passed as in a moment from anguish to ecstasy.

2. The power of Christ's voice. Neither Gethsemane, the Cross, or the grave had changed it. Thus by a word Christ can lift the soul into the highest bliss.


1. Christ's merciful identification with His disciples. "My Father and your Father."

2. The heavenward direction which their sympathies should take. Look upward — "I ascend," "Seek those things which are above."

3. The right direction of religious feeling. Action at once expresses and realizes emotion. Go and work.

(D, Thomas, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

WEB: But Mary was standing outside at the tomb weeping. So, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb,

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