What Did Jesus Say to Mary After the Resurrection?

After the resurrection, many questions were raised about what exactly happened to Jesus and what he said to his followers. One of the most curious questions is what Jesus said to Mary after the resurrection.

According to the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection. She had gone to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. She was confused and distressed, thinking that someone had taken Jesus’ body away.

But then she saw Jesus standing before her, although she did not recognize him at first. He spoke to her and asked why she was crying, and whom she was looking for.

Mary replied, “They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put him.” (John 20:13)

Then Jesus said something that changed everything:

Mary.” (John 20:16)

With just one word, Jesus revealed himself to Mary. She recognized him immediately and cried out “Rabboni!” which means teacher in Hebrew.

This moment between Mary and Jesus is a powerful reminder of the personal relationship that each of us can have with our Savior. It also highlights the importance of recognizing his voice when he calls us by name.

In fact, there are many instances in scripture where God calls people by name:

– When God called Moses from the burning bush, he said “Moses! Moses!” (Exodus 3:4)
– When God called Samuel in the night, he said “Samuel!

Samuel!” (1 Samuel 3:10)
– When Jesus called Zacchaeus down from the tree, he said “Zacchaeus, come down immediately.” (Luke 19:5)

In each of these instances, God used a person’s name to get their attention and reveal himself in a personal way.

As we reflect on what Jesus said to Mary after the resurrection, we can be encouraged that he knows us personally and desires to have a relationship with each one of us.


The moment when Jesus called Mary by name after the resurrection is a powerful reminder of the personal relationship that we can have with our Savior.

Let us take time today to listen for his voice and respond when he calls us by name.