She had gotten up early that Sunday morning. Her heart was heavy, and her sorrow was profound. Her Rabonni (teacher) was dead. He suffered the most extreme execution known at the time. She was part of the small group of followers that stayed with Him through it all. His disciples, except John, had abandoned Him.
She was at the foot of the cross when He took His last breath.
She was there when Joseph took His body down from the cross.
She was there when Nicodemus applied the perfumed ointment and wrapped His body in sheets of linen cloth.
She was there when they placed His body into a tomb and rolled the stone in place.
She went home to prepare more spices for His body but had to wait until the Sabbath was over to go back to the tomb. By law, they were required to rest on the Sabbath.
The Sabbath was now over, and she headed out at dawn to the tomb.
Nothing could have prepared her for what she was about to see.
An empty tomb.
Little is known about Mary Magdalene. However, in Luke 8:1-3, we get a glimpse of who she was;
“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.“
In a time and culture when women were looked down upon, Jesus included them in His ministry.
Scripture is clear that these women provided for Jesus and His disciples with their own money.
My interest in this important woman of the Bible has resurfaced, after watching a few episodes of the online show, “The Chosen.” It’s a series based on the backstories of the followers of Jesus. The backstories are fictionalized, but the Scripture that is interwoven throughout is most definitely true. I will be posting my review and thoughts on a blog post on March 17th.
What We Can Learn from Mary
In the meantime, a question came to mind. What can we learn from Mary Magdalene? She was in the deepest, darkest pit, plagued by dark forces (most likely a severe mental illness), and the Savior delivered her. She is a prime example of God’s grace, and in return, she was a follower of Christ. She was there in the happiest of times and in those dark hours where they crucified her Lord, our Lord.
If Mary can overcome the despair of this world, what is stopping you and me from overcoming the darkness that plagues us?
We are all going through something. Whether it’s grief, illness, loneliness, depression, job uncertainty, or “fill-in-the-blank,” the fact of the matter is that we live in a broken world where only a Savior can save us.
Friends, I have been through a spiritual depression. I have felt this dark world enclose on me, and I have cried out in pain and despair. No one and nothing can make you see the Light again like our Savior, Jesus!
Some of you may be saying to yourself, “You have no idea what I have done in my life, things that I am ashamed of, things that I am sure cannot be forgiven or forgotten!” I am here to tell you lovingly, you are wrong, sweet friend!
I love the New Living Translation version of Psalm 103:12, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Once we have confessed our sins to the Lord, they are forgotten. Our loving God does not hold them over our heads, nor does He constantly remind us about them.
If you are struggling with something, I am praying for you! If you believe there is no way that God can love you, I pray that you can overcome that thought and go to Him. He is waiting for you with His arms stretched out, wanting to embrace you!