In Luke 8:2, we read that Jesus delivered Mary Magdalene from seven demons, and that she went on to follow Him faithfully. She was among the group of women who bravely remained at the foot of the cross (John 19:25), and one of those who came to the empty tomb early that morning and found that Christ was risen (John 20:1). John 20:10-18 then tells us that after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to her first, commissioning her to go and tell the others.
In the Bible, she is usually mentioned first in a list of names, possibly meaning that she was a leader among those who followed Christ. Mary Magdalene’s life was one of loyalty, courage, and strength. She was a faithful servant of the Lord’s and continued sharing the truth and power of Christ after He had risen. She reminds us of this truth to encourage us in our own times of darkness: God often chooses to work most powerfully through those who have experienced great difficulty and brokenness and in those who have experienced His healing and grace.
May God help us to live with such strength and grace. May He inspire us to teach our daughters and those we love about the power of His love and light shining in us and through us. Just like these women, our life journeys are unique, but we all have the opportunity to make a difference in this world for the cause of Christ.
Thank you for the gift and example of these courageous Biblical women to remind us who we are in You. You have redeemed us, you have set us free, you have given us your great love and mercy. Fill us afresh with your Spirit and wisdom today. Give us faith over fear, and strength over discouragement, so that we can live mighty for you.
In Jesus’ Name,
Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog www.debbiemcdaniel.com.
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