#77 Women of the Bible: Mary Magdalene (2)
This is how Jesus was front and centre of Mary Magdalene’s life:
1. She cared and shared.
After Mary Magdalene was saved and emancipated from demonic possession, she was ready to minister to Jesus and His disciples out of her own means. Her generosity (and the generosity of other women) greatly assisted Jesus as He went from place to place evangelising His message. Mary Magdalene gave Jesus all that she had, her wealth and her very being.
2. She dared to step outside her comfort zone.
It would have been so easy for Mary to stay put and enjoy a life free from torment but she chose to step out of her comfort zone and live a nomadic life with her Master. She appreciated that Jesus had stepped out of the comfort zone of heaven for her (Phil. 2:6-8), paid the wages of her sin and gifted her eternal life (Rom. 6:23).
So faithful was she in following Jesus that she was last at the cross when Jesus died and she was first at the tomb to witness His resurrection. At the most pivotal event in human history Mary Magdalene, alone, was there to witness it all.
3. She wore Jesus.
She witnessed about His death and resurrection to others, becoming one of Jesus’ most devoted female disciples. She referred to Jesus as ‘Lord’ (John 20:2), the one supreme in authority, master, God (Strongs). Jesus alone was the One she served. She owed much, gave much, loved much and served much.
Let’s summarise what Mary Magdalene teaches us.
Our actions may be the only Jesus that people see, so “let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires” (Rom. 13:14 CEV). This may mean giving of your own substance to help others in need. “15 If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, 16 you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? 17 Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!” (Jas. 2:15-17 CEV). In some way, our lives, every day, will be witnessing to the power of our Lord and Master, Jesus, living in us.
This blog has been developed from this sermon from 24-10-21: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKTeHZpMiU8