Why Mary Magdalene?
Mar 16:9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
Mar 16:10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.
Mar 16:11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
Jesus ways are not our ways. He knows His own and reveals Himself to those He chooses, “You have not chosen me I have chosen you He said to His disciples.
The most significant and important event in all human history is Jesus resurrection from the dead.
You would think He would reveal Himself first to some of His 11 chosen disciples, you know the ones He prayed for ….. about ….and ministered with for 3 years.
Instead we see the first human to see Him resurrected was .. .…. a woman, and a formerly demon possessed woman at that. For a Jew at this time women had a low standing in their religious culture. A woman like Mary, who had been possessed of devils would obviously be a woman with even a lower public estimation. A woman with a bad reputation.Yet Jesus revealed Himself first to her……WHY?
I believe He did this with deliberate intent …..to send all who would believe. In fact what He did by showing Himself to Mary is still true today …..its a lesson for us all.
SO…Why??….Because she was there, the first there, and why was she the first there?? Because Jesus had delivered her from 7 demons, and she loved Him. Even though she believed Him dead, she did not let that keep her from being devoted to Him and do all she could, to provide and prepare Him for a reverent burial. Instead of her love for Him finding Him dead…..she saw Him alive. And excitedly was sent back to tell the disciples, [who didn’t believer her] that Jesus was alive.
In Luke 7:36-48 Jesus previously had an encounter with a woman while visiting a pharisees home, to eat. Another sinful woman, similar probably to Mary, anointed His feet with a fragrant oil, and weeping dried His feet with her hair. The Pharisee immediately thought to himself that Jesus could be no prophet as a prophet would not allow such a woman to touch Him. There He taught Peter a lesson about love. He said:
"Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.
Luk 7:45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.
Luk 7:46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
Luk 7:47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."
Luk 7:48 Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
There it is a living illustration of those who get to “see” the Christ ….those who are devoted…. and love……. and seek Him ….who want to minister to Him……He shows Himself to them. He would have shown Himself to anyone who who came for showing the same love Mary did.
David ministering to his son, Solomon as he prepares to begin the building of the temple says this:
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you
Mary did, she had what David said, served, loyal heart, willing mind…..she sought Him and found Him ……risen and victorious over DEATH and the GRAVE.
When we seek Him with all our hearts He will be found by us [Jer 29:13]. …..Lets do like Mary.