Summary: Can you imagine what it felt like to actually see Jesus Christ crucified ? This is a realistic account of one his most devoted Disciples, Mary of Magdala and her story......
Evang. Carolyn Malaika Foster-Brooks
THE MINISTRY OF S.A.R.A.H.
(SERENITY*ATONEMENT*RESTORATION & HEALING)
I thank You for the opportunity to once again be a willing servant to deliver Your Word. remove me from the sight of Your children and allow them to see and hear You, O Mighty God, who dwells inside of me!
In the name of my brother, Jesus Christ.
And so it is!
SUB-TOPIC:...VICTORY IN DEATH!!!! (as portrayed by Mary Magdalene)
.....I count it a blessing and a joy to be named Mary also! I am certain that my parents chose that name for me because they had hope that I would grow up to be a good girl and become a virtous woman...well, somewhere in my life I made bad choices and because of those choices in life, against my Father’s Will, the bad company I used to keep and some of my bad ways, I unfortunately became known as Mary of Magdala! Mary Magadalene, THAT WOMAN WITH THE 7 DEMONS!!!! ( and I’ve even been called a prostitute!!!)
Okay. I know I’m not the Virgin Mary, but I’ve never been a prostitute either! (Who I am to judge though? The bible says that fornication IS A SIN and I was not married!)...a lot of people have talked about me and have mistaken me for the woman Luke talks about in the 7th chapter, 36th through 50th verses, who rejected her virtues and her honor. NO! I’m not that same woman! She was Mary of Bethany!!!
Actually, I wish my problem could have been as easily identified as hers...everybody was born with a sinful nature (except Jesus), but ME??? I WAS FULL OF THE DEVIL!
1-I was confused! (demon of confusion)
2-I was angry! (demon of anger)
3-I was an adulterer ! (demon of lust)
4-I was a liar! (demon of denial & false witness)
5 I was jealous hearted! ( demon of envy)
6-I liked strong drink! (demon of alcoholism)
7-I worshipped other gods! (demon of idol worship)
And through it all, although I didn’t think I was all that bad, I was not at peace with myself and I wanted to change! But, I couldn’t do it all by myself!!!
God knew my heart and He knew He had a special gift He had placed inside of me. II CHRONICLES 7:14 says, IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY; AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.
Yes, I had heard about Jesus! Where I came from is not far off from the Gennsarat where Jesus fed the 4000. Jesus performed miracle after miracle and God knows, I needed healing! Halljuah!! Jehovah-rapha!
I will never forget the night I was saved....MATTHEW 8:16-17...AND WHEN EVENING HAD COME, THEY BROUGHT TO HIM MANY WHO WERE DEMON-POSSESSED AND HE CAST OUT THE SPIRITS WITH A WORD, AND HEALED ALL WHO WERE ILL IN ORDER THAT WHAT WAS SPOKEN THROUGH ISIAH THE PROPHET MIGHT BE FULFILLED, SAYING, "HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES."
How many of you know that illness is often caused by demons??? Amen? But , all it takes is for you to humble yourself and allow Jesus into your life....I did and when He commanded those 7 demons out of me, my life changed forever and I became one of His most devoted Disciples!! I took every opportunity to listen to His teachings and to serve Him. I faced all of my God given opportunities to share His goodness and His mercy.
As I followed and supported Jesus to the end of His earthly days, it broke my heart when I heard the mob cry out, AWAY WITH HIM, AAY WITH HIM, CRUCIFY HIM!
Barrabas, the thief, was freed, but Jesus, the innocent victim was turned over to His enemies to do as they pleased.
The smell of blood was in the air. They Roman soldiers lashed His body, cutting into His flesh as they mocked and insulted Him. Over His lacerated body, they cast a purple robe (provided by Herod) and pressed down on His head a plaited crown of thorns!!! In His right hand they palced a reed for a sceptre, constantly hitting His body and most sickening of all the insulting treatment, they repeatedly spat in His face!!! To add to His humiliation, they marched Him out to Calvary, Via Dolorosa (the Way of Sorrow) to the place of crucifixtion followed by the Roman soldiers, then the Jews, the mob and Mary, mother of Jesus, me and the other women Disciples.
Along the way, Jesus fell down under the weight of His cross and a black man from Africa, Simon from Cyrene, reluctantly took up the cross of the Saviour, to never forget his walk with Jesus again!