Mary Magdalene

Who was Mary Magdalene?
​Actually Mary of Magdala, a small fishing village on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee.
Mary Magdalene is mentioned in all four gospels.

What do we know about Mary Magdalene?
Luke 8:1-3 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, [2] And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, [3] And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
Demonic possession
Early in ministry
Physically and financially ministered to Jesus and his disciples

Mary Magdalene was at the crucifixion.
Early in the crucifixion
John 19:25-27 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. [26] When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! [27] Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
Close enough to hear Jesus speaking.

As Jesus died on the cross
Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, …
Matthew 27:55-56 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: [56] Among which was Mary Magdalene, …
After Jesus gave up the ghost, the centurion said, Truly this man was the Son of God. Then we are told that the women have remained, but have moved farther away. Maybe they were pushed back by the crowd. Maybe they couldn’t bear to hear the jeering, mocking voices of the people or to see Jesus suffer. But still they couldn’t bear to leave Jesus.

Mary Magdalene followed to see what was done with the body of Jesus.
Matthew 27:59-61 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, [60] And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. [61] And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Mark 15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
Luke 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

Mary Magdalene prepared spices and ointments
Luke 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb
Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
John 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Mark16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Rose early, anxious to do this service to the Lord

Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene
Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but …
go to my brethren, and say unto them, “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
Mary was comfortable enough with Jesus that she was not afraid to reach out and touch Him. At first I was thinking she reached for Him in love and affection, But Mark tells us she reached for Him in worship.
Matthew 28:9 …came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Jesus gave Mary Magdalene a message.

Mary Magdalene delivered a message
John 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Mary Magdalene was not believed
Mark 16:10-11 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. [11] And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

Mary Magdalene continues to worship
Acts 1:14 These (the eleven apostles) all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
I am sure that Mary Magdalene would have been among these who were in one accord in prayer and supplication.

What can we learn from Mary Magdalene?
​God brought her from a bleak existence and God has saved us from a bleak future.

We should be serving the Lord physically and financially, with our strength, time and money

Near Christ in His hour of need – We are also in a time of urgency. The harvest is ripe, and the ​workers are few.

​Following to be informed – Are you informed about the needs around you?

​Rising early, anxious to serve the Lord

​Available to receive His message – You aren’t available if you are so busy that you never stop to ​meditate on the things of the Lord or listen to that still, small voice. You aren’t available ​if you never open God’s Word.

​Mary recognized the Master’s voice. My sheep know my voice.

​Carrying His message

​Continuing in worship – in one accord in prayer and supplication

​Compassionate, observant, prepared


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