Mary Magdalene was Desperately Devoted to Jesus
Mary went wherever Jesus went.
- She followed him steadfastly throughout his ministry.
- Traveled with him and the apostles all over the region as they preached the good news.
- She is mentioned an impressive 12 times in the bible as a significant part of his ministry.
- We see a glimpse of the kind of close relationship that she held and maintained with Jesus.
We can learn from her not to take our redemption for granted and to devote ourselves to Him in all that we do.
Mary Magdalene was Generous
Scripture states that Mary helped to support the ministry of Christ and the apostles with her own resources. She was a faithful investor in the work of the kingdom. She shows us that investing in the work of the kingdom will never return void!
Mary Magdalene was Loyal
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” (John 19:25)
Mary stayed by Jesus’ side, even past his death.
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
… Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.” (John 20: 1-2 & 11-18)
She was given the honor of being the first to see the resurrected Christ. And she was the first to tell others what she saw. What joy that day must have been for her!
We can learn from Mary that our love for and devotion to Jesus never goes unnoticed.
From Mary, we see that our Lord is no respecter of persons. Our past is of no consequence in Him. What matters most is what we do with the incredible gift of salvation that we have been given. May we walk worthy of our own redemption and live wholeheartedly unto Him.