Have you ever pondered the significance of Jesus first revealing himself to women like Mary Magdalene? Why didn’t Jesus go straight to his disciples? Why didn’t he go straight to John, James, and Peter? Why women and why Mary Magdalene?
Well, we know one thing is for sure: everything that Jesus did (and still does!) has a specific purpose behind it. It’s not like Jesus was surprised that Mary Magdalene was among the first people to visit his tomb…
How about Mary Magdalene? What must have been going through her mind as she strolled up to the tomb to find Christ’s grave empty? Fear, confusion, wonder, hope? There were probably many different emotions that she was experiencing at the time.
And what she must have thought when the angel said:
“Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7
Think back to Luke 8 where we learn more about Mary’s backstory. It says that she was healed of seven demons which the Lord cast out of her. Mary was confused and bewildered at the tomb, but I imagine she thought back to all that the Lord had done in her life and that fueled her faith to believe it was possible for Him to be alive! Mary Magdalene knew what Jesus could do because she had experienced it before – she had been transformed!
Next time you are bewildered or unsure of what the future holds, remember what Jesus has done in your life and let that fuel your obedience and faith in your difficult season.