My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2)
Ringing in the New Year, 2013 with More of You Jesus!
Mary Magdalene knew all she wanted to do was to be with the Lord Jesus. She knew she loved Him dearly and she would follow Him wherever He taught.
She knew because she stood next to Him, watched and saw for herself what a divine holy being Jesus was to her sight. After all, He delivered her from seven demons:
- Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. (Mark 16:9)
- … and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, (Luke 8:2)
Why would Jesus appear to Mary Magdalene first above all others who had also followed Him tirelessly in His journeys?
I believe that Mary Magdalene placed Jesus first in her heart, in her time, in her emotions, in her finances without complaint or doubt, to help support Jesus’ ministry to spread the good news of the gospel. She invested her finances to buy spices to anoint Jesus for His burial.
- Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
I believe she had such deep emotions of love and affection coupled with gratitude for His abilities to heal. I believe He opened a window of hope into Heaven where she knew her eternal destiny laid.
When Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene stood by the cross and grieved.
It was Mary Magdalene who went to the now empty tomb early while it was still dark:
- Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1)
Even after she sees that the tomb is empty she is still hanging around weeping longing to know where His body has been taken; she doesn’t give up because He is still very much in her heart and she needs closure – to see that He is properly buried:
- 11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then 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.”
I believe her wholly devoted committed attitude to Jesus, plus she was still at the tomb searching for Jesus Christ and weeping for His body that triggered the Lord’s appearance, His compassion and mercy for Mary Magdalene. I believe He wanted to reassure Her that He is well, alive and definitely risen as He promised He would do, making His promises of Heaven and eternity genuine:
- 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
- She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
- 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
- She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
- 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
We’re entering into a New Year 2013 commit to have a wholly devoted attitude to Jesus Christ and His message of the gospel.
We need more of Him. We need more of His goodness, His love, His life, His protection, His provisions and His strength to endure in this world.
My Heart Cries
(by David & Nicole Binion)