MORNING MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
"And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid."
There were many who were at the crucifixion of Christ. There were devoted women who were near the foot of the cross. The disciples were there also. They were the ones who were with Christ the most. They had seen, first hand, the miracles He wrought and they were privy to the power He possessed. How come they didn't show up with the others at the tomb, the next morning?
A few of the women returned with spices to anoint the body of Christ only to find the stone rolled away and an angel informing them that He had risen.
"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" (16:9). This woman knew what she had been delivered from! As a result of her miraculous delivery and freedom, she was forever bonded with the Lord. She was attached and worshipped Him.
Death would not stop Mary Magdalene from wanting to be in the Lord's presence. Can that be said of you and I? What have you been delivered from? Are you truly free? Have you felt the difference? Are you forever grateful? If the answer is 'Yes', then you must have a bond of love and affection for Christ that keeps you coming back more and more into His presence.
He appeared to Mary first! A woman! She received her first mission assignment from Him. Jesus knew that when she went to complete that mission of telling the disciples He arose, they wouldn't believe her. Shame on them for their lack of faith and not remembering all He had told them.
May the Lord help you and I to be devoted to Him more and more. May we never cease to be in His presence daily; driving in our cars, at our desks at work, as we wash the dishes, while we rock our babies, when sleepless nights come, waiting at the airport, stuck in traffic, or quietly at home, we can be in His presence communing with Him.
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