It was the first Easter Sunday morning. There was much turmoil over the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus among his followers. They were in hiding. Soldiers were guarding his tomb. The emotions of Mary Magdalene would have been very intense.
Jesus rescued her from a life of being an outcast. He healed her of seven demons, so she would have been on the fringes of society when Jesus delivered her from her torment. She followed him and spent a lot of time with his mother.
Mary was at the foot of the cross as Jesus died. She saw the man who rescued her from a dismal life die a brutal death.
Sunday morning came and she went to care for his body, but the huge stone in front of his tomb was rolled away. The tomb was empty. Tears filled her eyes to the point she could not see straight. He came to her and asked who she was looking for. Through her tear filled eyes she mistook him for the gardener and begged if he knew where the body of Jesus was until, he spoke her name.
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
“She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” which means “Teacher”
She wanted to cling to him. The greatest miracle out of all she had seen him do. He was alive again. She wanted to hold onto to him, but he gave her a job- Go tell. He commissioned her to be his witness. A woman be a witness? He elevated her status.
Now she will forever be the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection, It was not by accident. It was by design. Jesus appeared first to the one who was the lowliest before becoming his follower. The message? Jesus loves all people. No one is too low in life to receive Jesus.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.