To the human eye, Mary Magdalene appeared hopeless but Christ saw in her capabilities for good. And through His grace, she was converted. The Bible records seven major encounters that Mary Magdalene had with Jesus which changed her life:
- Mary accused of adultery and receiving forgiveness: “As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd…” (John 8:3-11).
- Jesus casting demons out of Mary: “and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Luke 8:2).
- Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and learning: “… a certain woman named Martha … had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha …said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? … Jesus answered … “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).
- Mary at the tomb of Lazarus: “When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died,” “Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” … Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:32, 40-43).
- Mary at Simon’s house to anoint Jesus for burial: “… Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead… Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples … said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” … But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial…” (John 12:1-7).
- Mary at the cross: “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25).
- Mary at the resurrection of Jesus becoming the first witness of His resurrection: “But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping…she turned around and saw Jesus standing there…She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary! ”She … said to Him, “Rabboni!” (John 20:11-18).
In His service,
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