Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Who was Mary Magdalene? Was she the Woman Caught in Adultery in (John 8)? Was she the sinner who anointed Jesus’ feet in (Luke 7)?

Throughout history there has been speculation about the woman called “Mary Magdalene”. Sadly, because of the different theories, many have formed false ideas about this Biblical character. Here is what the Bible teaches us about Mary Magdalene.

She is from Magdala (Luke 8:2)
The term Magdalene means “one from Magdala”. Magdala was a fishing village on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. 

Jesus cured her of evil spirits 
“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Luke 8:1-2). 
“Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons” (Mark 16:9)
She witnessed the crucifixion 
“Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him. Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee” (Matthew 27:55-56)
She stayed by the tomb after the crucifixion
“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb” (Matthew 27:61).
An Angel appeared to her after the resurrection
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen...” (Matthew 28:1-6)
She was one of the first to see the risen Jesus
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,b “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. (John 20:11-18)
Besides a few other parallel passages, this is all the Bible reveals about Mary. She should not be supposed to be the Woman caught in adultery in John 8, nor the sinner who anointed Jesus’ feet in John 7. She was one of the earliest followers of Jesus, her dedication is admirable and legacy lives on through Scripture. 

Quotes from NASB and ESV Bibles
By Cliff Sabroe