Mary Magdalene had her demons… tormenting and tenacious. She also had her Deliverer… almighty and authoritative. Jesus set Mary free, as He sets us free. Our “demons” may not cause us to shriek or writhe on the ground, but they are as evil and powerful as Mary’s were.
Our evil is more sophisticated. Our anger is labeled impatience; our jealousy is called wanting what’s fair; our self-pity is described as self-care; our unforgiveness is named justification; and our bitterness is said to be reasonable. They are quieter than Mary’s demons, but as dangerous. Thank God, we have the same Deliverer, with the same power, mercy, and authority.
As one who is delivered from sin, I want to live the thankful life Mary lived, echoing her devotion and honoring my Savior. I want to follow Him as she did, pursuing His presence and worshiping at the cross.
How amazing that the first person Jesus appeared to after His resurrection was not one of the twelve, but a former demon possessed woman. Jesus chose Mary Magdalene for this honor and she could not keep quiet.
Lord, like Mary may I be untamed in testifying of your goodness and power, proclaiming your death and resurrection to the Marys of this world.
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ”I have seen the Lord!”John 20:18