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Day Eighteen: Mary Magdalene

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Day Eighteen:

When we love someone, we do crazy things. Mary Magdalene was consumed with love for Jesus. He changed her life. Once demon-possessed, Mary had been set free because Jesus healed her (Luke 8:1–3). There was no way Mary was going to forget this Man. She knew He was the Savior of the world, because He had saved her when no one else could.

Jesus paid attention to Mary and had given her life value; He delivered her from torture. Jesus showed Mary that she was accepted, no questions asked.

Mary Magdalene wasn’t rich. She wasn’t cultured. She didn’t have power or authority or much to give Jesus and she knew it. But what she did have, she gave Him: her heart and life. When Jesus rose from the dead, the first person He saw was Mary, because she was waiting by the tomb. Her passion was all-consuming and logic-defying. When Jesus fulfilled the most impossible promise through His resurrection, Mary’s faith was proved right.

John 20:1-18

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put Him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” 

Thinking He was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” 

She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and Your Father, to My God and your God.’ ”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that He had said these things to her.

Reflection Questions

1) What has Jesus healed you from?

2) When it comes to the thousands of decisions you make each day, are you motivated by what others think or what pleases God? Why?

3) What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of Jesus?

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