Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
John 20:17

It was three days after the brutal arrest, trial, scourging, and crucifixion of Jesus. All but one apostle was there to witness the cross and the death of Christ.

Mary Magdalene, among the women who were present at Golgotha, the place of the skull, saw her Lord give up his last breath in order to fulfill what was foretold in the scriptures.

Yet none of the followers of Jesus really understood what all of these things meant–how he must be suffer and die for the sins of the world and be raised up to life on the third day.

Astonishing as it is, let’s place ourselves in the shoes of Mary when she first realized and saw that it had been the risen Christ addressing her and telling her to say these things to the brothers.

Notice the language when Jesus speaks of his people: “my brothers”, “my God…your God”, and “my Father…your Father”.

These words have such a huge impact on us because in it lies the very purpose to which Christ came, that is, to make us His family–the eternal family.

Through his death and resurrection, he made a way for us to be adopted into God’s family. Now we are able to address God as our holy loving and gracious Father and Jesus as our great brother, who did everything he could so that we could be saved.

You may have a family that has abandoned you or not loved you in the same way but for today, realize that as you place your faith in Christ as your Lord, you are made family, you are beloved as a child of the Most high God, you are deeply loved and cared for by the lover of your soul, Christ Jesus your Savior.