Do you remember whom Jesus first appeared to? Here’s a hint: It is a woman and her name is found in every resurrection narrative. She is found at the cross with the mother of Jesus. She is mentioned by name one other place in the Bible. Look for the answer in the following passages:
Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1, Luke 24:10, John 20:1. Surprised?
The one other place she is mentioned is in Luke’s gospel: Luke 8:1-3.
Jesus casts 7 demons out of her life. Luke gives us the impression that from that moment on she followed Jesus and the disciples (along with other women) to help support them out of their own means.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to find out she ministered to Jesus as He was dying
John 19:25 (NIV) Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene), and in His death.
(Matthew 27:57-61 (NIV))
I’m sure she would have finished giving Jesus a proper burial, BUT, thankfully, the body was gone because Christ has Risen.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
Unlike all the rest, she stayed, served and cared. Read John’s details:
John 20:10-18 (NIV) 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 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.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 “Woman,” he said, “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.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 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.
We never hear her name mentioned again. Why not? It is quite simple. After she tells the disciples that she has seen the Lord, her need to serve Jesus regarding His temporal needs has ended. The Risen Christ Jesus has no more temporal needs.
The One who “…humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross” is now “…exalted…to the highest place.” Philippians 2:8-9 (NIV)
Father, we thank You for the Mary Magdalene’s of the world. BUT even more, we thank You for the Son of God, who suffered, died and rose for us. Give us faithful hearts and serving hands like Mary, that we will seek You with all our heart and find You in Your grace, mercy and love. In the name of Jesus, the Risen Christ. Amen.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!