Her Name was Mary Magdalene

She was from Magdala.

Her name means “obstinate or rebellious.” The word obstinate comes from a Latin word that means resolved, determined, persistent. When Mary was healed, she persistently followed Jesus and became one of the first evangelists after His resurrection.

Her story: Matthew 27:55-61, 28:1-10 ; Mark 15:40-47, 16:1-11; Luke 8:2-3, 24:1-12; John 19:25-20:18

When Jesus traveled a second time in Galilee, he healed several women of sicknesses and casted out demons. On that trip, he freed Mary of Magda (a Magdalene) of seven demons. She was part of a group of women who followed Jesus and supported His ministry. Mary Magdalene was at Calvary when Jesus was crucified. She was in a group of women watching from a distance. When Jesus’ body was removed from the cross, Mary followed the men and saw the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed. Mary and her friends arrived early at the tomb on the first day of the week with spices to care for Jesus’ burial. At the tomb, they found the stone covering the opening rolled back. They met angels and were instructed to go and tell the disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus had risen just as He said He would. The women quickly and quietly hurried back to the disciples and delivered the message. Peter and John ran back to the grave and Mary followed them. While they went inside, Mary met the angels again and Jesus. She didn’t recognize Him until He called her name. He gave her another message for the disciples and she delivered that message as well.

Her legacy for us: Once Mary found the Savior, she found ways to serve Him. She didn’t leave when things were hard, instead she continued to follow Him even when others were too grieved to follow. Every task she was given, she completed. Sharing the good news is a woman’s responsibility and privilege – it is not just for men to do.

Our response to Him: When You call my name, do I recognize Your voice? How can I become more diligent in following You? Who do You want me to “go and tell” about Your lovingkindness and saving grace?

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