“When Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with them, as they mourned and wept.” Mark 16:9-10 and Luke 8:2
Why did Christ select Mary Magdalene to tell his disciples? Why didn’t the Lord choose a more qualified individual? Why didn’t God pick one of the head men for this important mission, especially when she wasn’t even successful as it says in Luke 16:11. “And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.”
It couldn’t have been easy for her. She was most likely always under the scrutiny of men because of her past. In many third world countries or continents, like Africa even, women are still considered second class citizens. They aren’t good enough to have any rights, titles or prestige.
Jesus selected this woman to spread the Good News of His Resurrection.
Mary Magdalene remained his disciple after others left him. When some were offended, she kept by his side. After men and women no longer walked with him she remained loyal. (Matthew 11:10-22.)
Luke (8:3) said Mary Magdalene and other women were among those who provided for Him from their substance. Her name is mentioned first. She was faithful and followed Christ all the way to Calvary, wept during his crucifixion, watched him being taken from the cross and observed the men place him in the tomb.
She stayed with Him through everything.
All four Gospels record Joseph of Arimethea taking the body of Christ and preparing Him for burial. Mark (15:47) wrote that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses secretly followed them to the tomb and observed where Christ was laid. Later in Luke 23:55-56 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary bought more spices (Mark 16:1) to give Christ the best burial possible.
Early on the Sabbath morning she returned to the grave to apply her spices, but the tomb was empty. She thought someone had stolen his body and remained alone outside the cavern. The angels appeared to her (after all, she was the only one there) and later Christ Himself came back to her saying her name. She knew it was HIM. (John 10:3-4, John 20:15-16)
Mary Magdalene NEVER left Him.
When Jesus met Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb, He said. “Go to my brethren and say unto them. I ascend unto my Father, and your Father: and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.” John 20:17-18
Let’s imitate her profound love and devotion to Jesus because she followed Him faithfully.
No matter what you’ve done or your sinful past, or no matter where you’ve been, ask forgiveness, turn your back on your sins and follow Him. As you cling to Him, He will give you the strength to serve and obey.
Let’s be faithful like Mary Magdalene, who never left Him.
Thanks for joining me,
Blessings until next Saturday.