Mary followed Jesus everywhere. She was a disciple and believed His words. She loved her Savior deeply for more reasons than one but the miracle He did in her was a life changer.
Mary was possessed by 7 evil spirits. Her life was chaos and turmoil. She was tormented mentally, physically and emotionally for years. I’ve wondered what her life might have been like before she met Jesus and it seems it would be terribly lonely. I mean she probably freaked her friends out and if she had family they might have stayed but were afraid and desperate for help.
When Mary was in her right mind she was a pleasure but when one or several demons took over she became unbalanced even hurting others mentally and physically. I cannot imagine she could even venture to buy food for fear of what the demons would do in her. I’m sure Mary never wanted to hurt anyone but the evil spirits wreaked havoc in her life and the lives of many others.
Perhaps she was kept locked up because she had become too dangerous to roam free among people. Demons are evil so imagine for yourself what they caused her to do, say and think. Poor Mary had no control of her life. Miserable, afraid, paranoid, lonely and hopeless would describe this woman’s existence.
Maybe we don’t have 7 demons in possession of our souls but we can be tormented by our imaginations, sickness and others who aim to hurt us. Miserable, alone, afraid and paranoid might even describe our lives at times. I once knew a woman who believed her home was infested with demonic forces. I know a woman now who talks to her dead relatives. There are people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other crippling diseases. Tt is torture to sit idly by as someone you love suffers. I have a friend with a child who is tormented mentally by his father and another who has a child that has been abducted. This is the world we live in.
I’m sure Mary felt there was no hope. But she saw HOPE Himself. She witnessed miracle after miracle in her life and the lives of others. Jesus cast out those demons and allowed Mary to be the woman she was created to be. From then on she was with the man who saved her life. For those who have been changed and forgiven much, they love much. She loved her Savior more than her own life.
John 19:25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When all the disciples had run in fear she stayed at the cross knowing that being an associate of Jesus was cause for death. He was her priority. He was her life.
Mark 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
Mary stayed and watched where Jesus was buried. She lingered after He died because she had to know where He was. Her heart for the Lover of her soul, the Savior of her life was broken, ripped from her chest. Her own life was of unimportance, everything was about Him.
Mary’s hope lay in Jesus. Now it appeared her HOPE was gone.
John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
What drew Mary to the tomb that day even before daylight? I can only imagine it was her great love. Again she risked her life to be near to Him.
Jesus appreared first to Mary of Magdelene before anyone else. What joy, and excitement she must have felt. What a privilege that Jesus would show Himself to her that early morning.
He is with you before daylight, in the darkest hour. He is alive! This world belongs to the enemy but Jesus has already won the victory. You may feel defeated, exhausted, ready to give up. But your HOPE is here now. He holds on to you even when you can’t grasp His hand. He’ll never let go. Like Mary in her horrible state of circumstances, believed she had no good thing in her life, we too may believe that. But Jesus Christ has already paid the price for those awful things that cut deep into your heart. You may feel the pain but His blood makes you the victor over the circumstances. It’s hard, it hurts and maybe you feel dead inside but He has given you life. Let Him be your life today. His love is unyielding. Rest in your HOPE and live again believing in the joy of daylight.
Psalm 30:5b Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
- The Tomb Is Empty, Jesus Is Risen! (prhayz.com)