Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb...
She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?' Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, 'Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, 'Rabboni!' (which means, Teacher).
Mary Magdalene* has had some bad press. Nowhere in the Bible is she described as a prostitute, an adulteress or the secret wife of Jesus, the Man. Rather, she is a solid follower, a leader of the women on His team.
Consider things we know about Mary:
1) She was delivered of seven demons, teaching us demon possession is real, divine deliverance is possible and hell's hounds might haunt God's chosen people.
2) Mary and several other women traveled with Jesus and His disciples. They contributed to His ministry by their donations and humble service.
3) These ladies did not supersede the men, but fulfilled equally vital roles as their assistants, helpers and witnesses--encouraging countless other women.
4) On the day of our Lord's crucifixion, Mary did not shrink away like others: not from His mock trial, nor from the Cross. As a friend, she shared in His suffering.
5) On the day of our Lord's resurrection, He chose Mary as His first contact. Why? Was it because her faith never faltered? Was it to reward her brave attendance?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can Mary Magdalene teach us?
Maybe not to depend on clergy to interpret the Bible for you.
Maybe to understand God's all-stars, you need to read His Words for yourself.
Maybe serving defines leadership, because Jesus said it and showed it.
Maybe to put your money and time into the movements of Christ today.
Maybe the steady strength of women is a perfect complement to men.
## The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Mary Magdalene (Part 96)
* Short article: Who was Mary Magdalene? http://www.gotquestions.org/Mary-Magdalene.html
* Longer article: Mary Magdalene (Bible Gateway): https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Mary-Magdalene
* Longer article: Ministry, Money and Women (BibleOrg): https://bible.org/seriespage/24-ministry-money-and-women-luke-81-3
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.