Jesus' first personal appearance after His resurrection was to Mary Magdalene--a heart-warming 'reunion' that instructs us on love and relationships that are made new as a result of Jesus' resurrection. Jesus tells Mary not to cling to Him so that she may look forward to a new relationship with Him, His Father, and His brethren. The wonderful but much overlooked doctrine of Adoption is one of the great benefits that is possible from Jesus' resurrection.
"Mary!": First Appearance and Change of Relationships (Jn 20:11-18)
I. Exchange of Love (vv11-16)
---A. Mary's Motivation of Love (vv1-10)
---B. Mary's Meeting of Risen Lord (vv11-16)
II. Change of Relationships (vv17-18)
---A. Relationship with Jesus (v17a)
---B. Relationship with Father (v17b)
---C. Relationship with Brethren (v17c)
Theme: Many Will Not Believe the Evidence of Jesus' Divine Power.
I. Every Idle Word will Come into Judgment - vv. 31-37
A. Good Fruits Come from Good People - vv. 33-35
B. Every Idle Word will Come Into Judgment - vv. 36-37
II. Jesus Warns of the Danger of Seeking Signs and Wonders to Believe - vv. 38-45
A. The Scribes and Pharisees "Want" a Sign - vv. 38-40
B. The Danger of Not Believing Christ - vv. 41-42
C. The Danger of Returning Evil Spirits - vv. 43-45
III. Those Who Believe and Obey Christ are His Closest Relations - vv. 46-50
A. Jesus' Mother and Brothers Seek to Silence Him - vv. 46-47
B. The Closest Relationship to Christ is Those who Believe and Obey Him - vv. 48-50
How does the Holy Spirit minister our adoption to us? Romans 8:16–17 looks forward to the midweek sermon. In these two verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the Holy Spirit agrees with us as we cry Abba, convincing us of our status as God's heirs and of our union with Christ by which we came into that status.