25 Apr John 20:17-18; Matthew 28:8-10
17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Why does Jesus tell Mary not to hold onto Him? In Matthew, we read that Mary fell at the feet of Jesus and clung to Him. I think she was clinging to the past association, grasping Him as He was before the crucifixion, bound in flesh with all its limitations; Mary cannot continue clinging to Him like that. In the flesh, Jesus is limited by space and time and the weakness of an earthly existence. By the power of God, there would be a new order where Mary would have the Spirit of God and now she will abide in Christ and would cling to Him as her permanent place of abiding to the end of time. Too many of us are clinging to the things of this earth. We are selling our soul to temporal things and a temporal existence. Hold things loosely; with open hands; because you should know nothing is yours and nothing of this earth will survive in the next life. Don’t waste your time and effort on worthless things. Cling to things that will last.