Good morning dear Ladies ~ Today we have the conclusion of this little study. If you missed part one you can read it here.
May your hearts be blessed and may you be drawn closer to God who loves you dearly.
Christ's Special Provision for the Widow
Part Two: The Love that Leads to Revelation
In our last reflection we were introduced to Mary Magdalene, a servant leader among the followers of Christ. Mary's love for Jesus compelled her to faithfully minister to the Lord and kept her close to the cross where she witnessed Jesus' death...
"There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee" (Matthew 27:55-56). Mary's love drove her to accompany His body to the tomb... "And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary was there, sitting opposite the tomb" (Matthew 27:60-61). Mary's love for Jesus made her the first to discover the empty tomb on resurrection day... "Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb" (John 20:1). The other disciples came, confirmed the empty tomb, and went away. But Mary stayed.
May did not receive supernatural power to do miracles like the make disciples... Mary was instead known as one of the faithful women who served the Lord and His disciples out of their humble resources and personal energies. Mary was among the women who washed clothes and prepared meals for Christ and His disciples. These women got little visible return for their investment into the ministry of Christ and his disciples. Mary's unconditional love for Christ was a beautiful illustration of God's love for us. Love in action meeting the needs of others, unconditionally... The habit of lovingly caring for the personal needs of Jesus brought Mary to the tomb before anyone else on resurrection morning. She was there to clean and tend to His body before its permanent burial. Responding to such a precious demonstration of the love He taught by word and deed, Jesus revealed Himself to Mary through an intimate declaration of her name and He further revealed His plan for her to be the Church's first evangelist as He commissioned her to go tell the disciples the incredible good news that He had been raised... "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'". (John 20:17).
As your love for Christ and His Church grows, your spiritual sight grows too. Jesus wants you to know Him better and He wants you to discover and fulfill His precious purpose and plan for your life too. As we grow up into Christ we will see and know Him better because our growing love for Christ is...
The Love that Leads to Revelation.
By Pastor Bob Barber
St. John United Methodist Church