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Mary Magdalene left behind an extraordinary legacy. We should seek earnestly to imitate her deep love for Christ.

The assisted suicide debate was elevated in the news Mary Magdalene. The name conjures all sorts of modern misconceptions. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code portrays Mary as the secret wife of Jesus. Brown’s plot twists are actually lies that were refuted long ago. God’s Word, on the other hand, remains an unchangeable source of truth. The real Mary was a woman who had been delivered from the relentless torment of demonic possession. Christ miraculously rescued her from her horrendous spiritual captivity and she remained faithfully devoted to him.

Matthew, Mark and John all record that Mary Magdalene was present at the crucifixion. She and the other women remained near the cross until the bitter end. It must have seemed the greatest possible disaster, to have the One whom they loved and trusted above all torn from their midst so violently. Mary Magdalene was also the first to reach his tomb at daybreak on the first day of the week. Overwrought with the new grief of thinking someone had stolen Jesus’ body, she remained outside the tomb alone. She stooped to peer in and it was then that two angels appeared inside the tomb (John 20:12). To the women inside the tomb, he said, “He is not here, for he has risen” (Matt. 28:6).

and spoke directly to her. It was then that she turned and saw Jesus. At first, she did not recognise him. When Jesus called her name, she finally recognised that strangely familiar voice. Mary’s grief instantly turned to inexpressible joy (John 20:16) and she embraced him as if she would never let him go. Jesus thus conferred on her a unique and unparalleled honour of being the first to see him after his resurrection.

God derives greater glory when he redeems the worst of sinners and uses them for the greatest of purposes. Mary Magdalene stands out in Scripture as a shining example of that. She was rescued by Christ from the hopeless bondage of demons and chosen by the Lord to be the first person on the planet to see and hear her resurrected Lord. John MacArthur. Profiles of Godliness.                 



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