Mary Magdalene -- Missionary
to The Apostles
Mary Magdalene loved Jesus very
much. He had healed her soul. You see, according to the Gospels --
she had been inhabited by seven demons!
Many have considered her to be a
former prostitute, but we can't prove that. We do know that she
experienced tremendous anguish of heart! We also know that Jesus
gave her a brand new life.
Mary Magdalene and several other women had
ministered to Jesus and His disciples out of their own
When Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried
Jesus, Mary Magdalene and at least one of her friends were watching
and saw where Jesus was buried.
So they knew just where to go the next morning
while the sun was rising. At least three women friends bought sweet
spices to anoint Jesus. Although Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
had already prepared Jesus' body with spices and myrrh wrapped in a
long linen cloth, these women also wanted to put spices on His
The Sabbath was rapidly approaching when all the
Jews were ordered to rest, so the women went home and prepared
spices and ointments and then rested on the Sabbath when the sun
went down that night.
The next morning was the first day of the week.
Very early in the morning they came to the grave site and brought
the spices they had prepared.
While on their way to the tomb, they were asking
one another who would move the huge stone for them.
But when they arrived at the tomb, to their
astonishment -- the huge stone had already been moved! What a
surprise greeted them! There had been a great earthquake and
an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled back the
stone from the cave opening, and sat down on it. The angel’s face
shone like lightning and his clothes were glistening white like
The guards were terrified and fainted dead away
at the sight of this glorious angel!
Apparently the angel that appeared to the guards
had left by the time the women arrived at the tomb because the
women were very upset to discover that Jesus' body was missing.
There was only the empty tomb of Jesus for them to
Mary Magdalene ran and found Simon Peter and John
and exclaimed, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher
and we don't know where they have taken Him!”
Mary followed behind Peter and John as they
rushed to the tomb to see what had happened at the
John ran faster than Peter and arrived at the
tomb first, but he didn't go in. Peter, however, did go into the
When John saw the grave clothes lying on the rock
shelf where Jesus' body had been, he believed Jesus had risen from
the dead. What convinced him?
The grave clothes themselves. They were lying
there wrapped round and round glued together with the myrrh and
spices like a mummy, but there was no body within the burial
shroud. The grave cloth was collapsed like an empty cocoon. The
napkin that had been around his head was lying where Jesus‘ head
had been. The mummy wrapping around His body was completely
undisturbed except for the fact that Jesus' body was no longer
The two disciples left the grave, but Mary
As she and perhaps some of her friends entered
the cave where Jesus had been buried, she wondered where His
body had been taken! Just then two angels appeared in shining
clothing! Apparently at first they saw just one angel and then
there were two of the shining beings in the tomb with
The women were terrified and bowed their faces to
the earth before the shining angels who comforted them with these
words, "Don't be afraid -- we know you are looking for Jesus, but
why are you looking for the living among the dead?”
“He isn't here! He is risen just as He promised.
Come and see the place where the Lord lay.”
“Now go quickly and tell his disciples and Peter
that He is alive and is going before you into Galilee. You'll see
Him there. Remember what He said to you when He was in Galilee that
He must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be
crucified, and three days later rise again?”
Then the women remembered the words of
The women got up quickly from the sepulcher and
ran to bring the disciples this wonderful news.
As the women were on their way back to the
disciples, Jesus Himself met them and greeted them. The women bowed
down and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him!
“Don't be afraid,” Jesus said to them, “Go and
tell my brothers to go to Galilee where they will see
The women ran as fast as they could to bring the
disciples this wonderful news.
But the grieving disciples didn't believe
The true Mary Magdalene story is a touching one to
read from the Bible. I encourage you to investigate it. You'll
find out for yourself the truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene that
can change your life too.