The Saintliness of Mary Magdalene

John 20:11-18

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 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.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”–and that he had said these things to her. (ESV)

The Christian life follows the life of Mary Magdalene:

  1. A severe depravity:
    She was possessed by 7 demons (Luke 8:2-3).

  2. A sweet deliverance:
    Jesus delivered and saved her.
  3. A steady discipleship:
    She followed Jesus wherever He went.

  4. A selfless devotion:
    She cared for all His physical needs.
  5. A sorrowful distance:
    She could not help her Saviour who was taken from her and hung on the Cross, which she witnessed from afar, not able to come close.

  6. The Saviour’s devotion:
    Christ will never leave you nor forsake you. Your Saviour is devoted to you!
    a. Her privilege – He appeared to her first!
    b. Her pain – “while it was still dark Mary went to the tomb…” Mary was crying and the angels were not a consolation to her. They took her Saviour away from her; see John 20:1 and 11-18); and
    c. Her pleasure – seeing the devotion of Jesus, she told the disciples the Good News, and so should we!