Mary Magdalene

11 Apr



It has been my desire over the last two days to dive as deep as I can into the account of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of my Lord! I feel like it is all too often just a familiar story that I’ve heard a thousand times, and I am all too often missing so much because of its familiarity. I have been blessed and strengthened by the few minutes I’ve been able to spend in the study of that Resurrection morning in the garden.

This morning, I was challenged and excited by Mary Magdalene’s role on the Resurrection Day!

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene EARLY, when it was YET DARK, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher.” John 20:1

It wasn’t His disciples that first arrived at Jesus’ tomb. It wasn’t even His own mother, but it was Mary Magdalene. Not just an ordinary follower of Jesus… this was MARY MAGDALENE! Don’t forget that this was the same Mary Magdalene “out of whom went seven devils!” (Luke 8:2) Look how far she had come! A woman once possessed by devils now had a heart set on her Savior even after His death. She was the first one to the tomb! I believe she was first because she knew first hand what it felt like to be delivered from spiritual death unto spiritual life. She knew that Jesus had the power to change lives and to give life more abundantly! He had cast out 7 devils from her heart, and now it only had room for ONE to occupy it, the One, her Rabboni, Jesus Christ HIMSELF!

Even after Peter and John came to see the empty tomb for themselves, John tells us that “the disciples went away again unto their own home.” (John 20:10) I wonder what they did when they got home? The Jesus they had just spent the last 3 years of their lives with had been crucified 3 days prior, and now His body was gone! I wonder how they were feeling… excitement? fear? confusion? He tells us that they “ran both together” (John 19:4) after receiving the news of an empty sepulcher from Mary Magdalene (19:2)  I wonder if they returned home because they just needed some time to process the extraordinary events of the last 3 years or if they just couldn’t wait to tell their families about their recent discovery? Regardless of their reasoning, they returned home while Mary’s response was different.

“But Mary stood without at the the sepulcher weeping…” John 20:11

Not only was she the first one to arrive, but she was also the last to leave. She didn’t leave when she found the empty tomb. She lingered with a heavy heart wondering just where the body of her Lord had been taken. She lingered and it’s a good thing she did! 🙂 For her wondering was about to cease with the appearance of the Savior!

It’s amazing to me that Jesus chose to appear to Mary first. He could have appeared to Pilate, or to the chief priests, or to a great multitude to prove His Resurrection, but He chose to appear to Mary, the woman who had come to anoint His dead body only to find an empty tomb!

But even after Jesus appeared unto her, she still didn’t recognize Him until… He spoke her name! First, he asked her a question “Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?” (v. 15) and still she thought he was just the gardener. Then “Jesus saith unto her, MARY…” (v.16) He spoke her name and she knew His Voice! She knew it because it was the same Voice that had called the devils from her and removed the torment that had once plagued her body. She knew His Voice, and it had never sounded sweeter for now it came from a Risen Savior! Her Jesus that had destroyed the power of the devils in her life had now destroyed the power of death itself! 🙂


One Response to “Mary Magdalene”

  1. Sonya Hodge April 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Dear Sara,
    What a wonderful truth this passage of scripture teaches. Thank you for the time you spend sharing the Bible . Your are a true blessing!! I hope you all had a good time this weekend, I know I did. I read in Psalms this evening chapter 34:15 “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” I Praise the Lord for that!!!! When you get time read through to the end of the chapter.I thank the Lord for his wonderful promises! Keep sharing your heart!!!
    Your Friend,
    Mrs. Hodge (Sonya)

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