Yes, Easter has come and gone,
but the message of the trial, crucifixion, burial and victory in it all,
should always be in our hearts as well as lived out in our lives.
Some of you dear ladies had tremendous posts honoring and glorifying
our risen Savior, thank you!
" Heaven came down and glory filled my soul "
That is what happened in my life 31 years ago
when I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Have I heard the Easter story in those 31 years? Yes in deed!
Do I tire of it? Not at all!
But this year God had something new and wonderful for me!
Something I have heard and read many times over
in that Easter story.
Through God's Word I saw a glimpse of Mary Magdalene's life
after she was "healed" by Jesus.
( Not to be confused with the woman who anointed Jesus' head in Luke 7:37
or Mary the sister of Lazarus)
" And certain women, which had been healed
of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary called Magdalene, out of whom
went seven devils."
Mary Magdalene, came from a city on the sea of Galilee called Magdala,
so "Magdalene" became her surname.
Mary was considered a woman of ill repute, because she came from
a city with a repution for prostitution.
But, the Bible presents her as a pure,
though deeply afflicted, woman.
After Jesus healed her, she became one of the Lord's
most dedicated disciples,
remaining with Him throughout His
trial, crucifixion and burial.
This is where the hand of God takes hold of my heart.
This Mary, the Bible says;
"Followed Him and ministered unto Him" (Mark 15:41)
What joy must have filled her heart as she ministered to Jesus!
"Stood afar off, beholding these things" (Luke 23:49)
I don't know about you, but for me,
my heart is greatly moved when I reflect
on all that took place at the cross for a lost and dying world.
The unfair trial...
The cruelty of the crucifixion...
The suffering and anguish as the Son of God, hung on that cross...
The cross that was made out of a tree that He had created.
Darkness that was over all the land and God had to forsake His Son...
Mary Magdalene watched from a distance,
as her Savior, endured the cross.
The Christ who had healed her,,
the Christ, who transformed her life into something beautiful.
"Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the propitiation
for our sins."
(1 John 4:10)
" Was the first to see the empty tomb" (Mark 16:9)
"Was one of the first to worship the risen Christ" (Matthew 28:9)
"And as they went to tell his disciples,
behold, Jesus met them,
saying, All hail ~ Rejoice!
And they came and held him by the feet,
and worshiped him."
What a beautiful picture!
These words say it all;
"They held Him by His feet, and worshiped Him."
Absolutly possitively powerful!
Those words were both convicting and challanging to my heart.
I desire nothing more than to follow after the Christ, who died for me,
and to bow my heart in worship to a Holy and Righteous God,
who is worthy of all my praise.
had an assignment from Jesus,
"Go to my brethren" and tell them the news. (John 20:21)
Jesus commanded His followers
not only to pray but to go out and serve and witness.
In (Matthew 28:16-20) we are given the "Great Commission"
to go... and make disciples,
baptizing them and
teaching them to obey.
God is seeking believers who know that nothing
is impossible with Him.
He wants disciples who willingly follow with full trust in the Savior.
He wants us to take on His commision.
He formed us to do the impossible through His power,
and he wants us to be a part of the going and telling.
And let us not forget,
"lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
Our precious Heavenly Father,
may we, like Mary Magdalene,
allow you to heal and change our hearts.
Give us a passion to follow after Thee,
to bow our hearts in worship and adoration of who you are.
And by Your power and for Your sake, through the Spirit,
may we obey Your command
taking the Gospel , in love, to a lost and dying world.