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What Did Jesus' Resurrection Mean To Mary Magdalene?

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Sermon shared by Michael Thomas

May 2002
Summary: A mesage on what the Resurrection may have meant to Mary Magdalene
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
What Did Jesus’ Resurrection Mean....? Series
Sunday March 10/01
What did the Resurrection Mean To Mary?

Intro: This month for the month of March leading up to Easter on the 31st, I am planning on doing a series of messages entitled, "What Did Jesus’ Resurrection Mean? Today, I would like for us to look at what Jesus’ resurrection must have meant to Mary Magdalene.

Mary was from the city of Magdala, an important Galilean trading center at the southern end of the plain of Gennesaret, thus her name, Mary Magdalene. She was one of the most prominent of the Galilean women who followed & ministered to Jesus. The New Testament identifies her as one of several women who had been cleansed of evil spirits. She is mentioned 11 times in the Gospels. Though there is no scriptural proof, Mary Magdalene is often identified with the sinful woman who anointed Jesus, washed his feet with her tears, & dried them with her hair, at the home of Simon the Pharisee. The Gospel narrative shows us that Mary Magdalene’s great devotion to Jesus & to His cause was expressed in very practical ways. She was one of the women who, when Jesus was in Galilee, followed Him & ministered to Him. She accompanied Him & His disciples when He went to Jerusalem just prior to His death. She was present at the Crucifixion. She came to the tomb to anoint Jesus, & she reported the fact that the tomb was empty & gave the angel’s message to the Disciples. Many of us might feel that Jesus’ personal appearance to Mary Magdalene after His resurrection was a special reward for the unfailing loyalty and practical help she devoted to Him and His cause. Let’s read her story in John 20:1-18

(Read John 20:1-18 p. 808 pew Bible)

What did Jesus Resurrection mean to Mary Magdalene?
A. The first stage would be shock & fear. Why shock & fear?
1. Look at verse 2. Imagine Mary arriving at the tomb, seeing it open & running back to where Peter & John were hiding. Imagine the tremble in her voice as she tells them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!" Imagine the panic she was going through. Who would do such a terrible thing? The Pharisees of course. Everyone knew that the Pharisees did not like Jesus. But were they so pathetic that they would be willing to desecrate a gravesite to make a point?

2. Peter & John both from Missouri had to go see for themselves. Perhaps Mary had made a mistake. But they went & found the tomb empty just as she said. They believed her & went back home. What else could they do?

What did Jesus Resurrection mean to Mary Magdalene?
B. The second stage would be pain. Why pain?
1. Look at verses 11-15. She was crying. Why was she crying? Because she thought the Pharisees had taken Jesus body & had hidden it. They wanted to get rid of the memory of Jesus forever. Mary like everybody else at that time still believed that Jesus was dead. Jesus, the person that changed her life; her teacher & friend was gone. The ladies did not have enough time to give Jesus a proper burial. Now the body was gone. What were they going to do? Wouldn’t it be a painful experience for you if when you go to bury a loved one & the funeral home loses the body? The pain that Mary was experiencing was so bad that she couldn’t even recognize Jesus through her tears when he spoke to her. Thinking that he was the gardener, Mary asked Jesus
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