BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH JOHN FINCH
“Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her.” – John 20:16-18
Can you imagine just for a moment what it must have been like to be the first person to encounter the risen Lord at the tomb? In all of my humanness, I cannot even begin to describe how I would have felt, no doubt I would be full of many different emotions. I think there would be a dramatic series of intense sadness to intense confusion to intense joy all in one morning. That would sure be a lot to take in all in one morning, especially if it was before the first cup of coffee, and we know it was very early. Try comprehending the fact that Jesus, once dead on a cross and laid in a tomb was now alive, conquered the grave, conquered sin and death and has given us the chance for eternal life in heaven with the angels and saints, amen! Mind. Blown. And this is two thousand years later we are talking about. I still cannot begin to understand the miracle that took place on that glorious morning.
How about we take a look through the eyes of one of the most influential biblical characters ever known, the eyes of Mary Magdalene. As we know, she was a devout follower of Jesus in his ministry, with eyes that saw him die and the very same eyes that saw him rise. I have personally never written this way before, and that is what makes this song extremely unique in my own experience as a songwriter. As I began to write, I really connected well to her character. I did a little research on who she was but more in the sense of who she was as a follower of Christ, which we know she was just so human and one of the most beautiful examples of God’s mercy. I am not sure if I connected more to her humanness or her desperate plea for mercy and need of a Savior.
This song is set up from the Gospel of John. Scripture tells us that it was very early in the morning when Mary Magdalene and a group of women went to the tomb and found it empty. Then it goes on to tell us that Mary saw a man who appeared to be a gardener but was truly the risen Lord. He asked “Dear woman why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” But at the moment Jesus spoke her name, she came to realize that this was indeed the Lord, no longer dead but alive. Jesus told her “Go and find my disciples and tell them I am ascending to my Father.” So with great joy and excitement, Mary ran to the disciples and told them “I have seen the Lord!” The beautiful thing is that we are given these same eyes to see the Lord — In his holy presence and in one another as we live in the glory of the Resurrection. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.”
Overall, this was a very interesting song writing process for sure. I had the idea of looking at the Resurrection in a new perspective, but it was an incomplete thought. I got together with Greg&Lizzy and we sat down and prayed with this perspective, and within that meeting God began to inspire the song and bring it to what it is now. I pray that you are truly blessed by this song and that you may pray for eyes to see the Lord in a whole new way this Easter season, for He is risen!
Written by: John Finch