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By Makenna Nahorniak
He is alive. He is not a dead God. He is not far from us. He is powerful and life changing. He is radically moving in hearts and minds. He awakens souls- He makes us braver and bolder. Jesus is alive.
Mary Magdalene stood out to me today. She was the demon-possessed woman. And Jesus appeared to her first.
Mark 16:9- “Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.”
Jesus had her heart. What I love about Mary Magdalene is the way that she came before Jesus broken at his feet. She anointed him with expensive perfume. She listened intently to the words He spoke. She just enjoyed His presence. She was in love with the One who set her soul free.
Then Jesus was put on a cross. You can only imagine the anguish this must have brought upon her soul. The one who cast those demons out, the keeper of the voice that her ears could listen to all day long, the One who revived her and freed her was dead. She went to His tomb three days later. He was gone, so she wept.
I can imagine the scene. Mary weeping outside of the tomb- probably feeling all the more hopeless, longing for her sweet Jesus. Flustered and afraid, simply wanting to adorn his body with spices and perfumes.
This morning my family asked me to read this account of Jesus’ resurrection, and I couldn’t get through it without bursting into tears. I really don’t think that this woman was all that different from you and me.
She might’ve felt like the One with whom her soul was deeply in love was far from her. The tomorrows that she had hoped for must’ve seemed quite distant and unrealistic.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” (John 20:15)
Little did she know that He wasn’t just the gardener.
What a reunion.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.”
“She turned to him and said to him in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).” (John 20:16)
I just think of what that might be like—to hear Jesus speak my name. That must’ve been a beautiful sound.
That one exclamation point says it all. “Rabboni!” Her teacher had conquered death. And she loved Him. And His love for her wouldn’t be thwarted by death and the passing of time.
This meant forever with Jesus- the bright morning sun. The center of her being was awakened. She must’ve felt the weight of real, true, everlasting life deep within her soul in that moment. She had been fought for, and her glorious Savior had won.
You have been fought for. And sweet Jesus has conquered all.
If I could shout with delight in a blog post, this would be the time. Insert squeal of delight and pure joy. I have been fought for, and my Savior has won.
Oh, that I might hear Him say my name one day. That I would live this life with Him in my heart. That He would die for me and defeat darkness.
And that is cause enough for a massive celebration.