Friday, February 5th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 96)
Star Players: Mary Magdalene*
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. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, 'They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him...'
Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the Body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' She said to them, 'Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.' When she had said this, 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).
John 20:1-2,11-16 (NASB)
Of the disciple, Mary Magdalene, misinformation has been widely spread. 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 wealth, food, and humble service.
3) These ladies did not supersede the men, but fulfilled equally vital roles as their assistants, helpers and witnesses--surely encouraging countless 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's to learn from Mary Magdalene? 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.
To Be Continued...
* 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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.