Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus. She became a follower of Jesus; where he was, she was. In fact, she was one of the women who followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem to take care of Jesus and his disciples.
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus. She watched the one she loved die a gruesome death, the death of crucifixion. She was there with Jesus’ mother, along with some other women, watching Jesus die.
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus. Even after the soldier pierced Jesus’ side, and the blood and water poured out, she did not move. After Jesus died, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for Jesus’ body, so that he could bury it. Mary was there still watching Jesus when Joseph took the body of Jesus. Some would say that the tomb was in the same area of the crucifixion. Either way, Mary was there watching as Joseph and Nicodemus wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in the strips of linen. Only then, as Joseph was rolling the stone in front of the cave, the grave, and probably before nightfall, did Mary Magdalene leave.
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus. Early Sunday morning, when it was still dark, she and some other women headed to grave. They must have thought that Joseph and Nicodemus had not done enough to Jesus’ body; they brought some spices also. Yet, they were amazed when they got to the tomb, the stone was rolled away. She must have looked in and saw Jesus’ body missing, because she ran to Peter and John and told them what she had seen. So, Peter and John raced off to the tomb. John outran Peter and won; I doubt if there was a true race. They also observed that the body is gone. Mary Magdalene got to the tomb also, but not as fast as John and Peter.
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus. Peter and John headed home, but Mary stood outside the tomb wailing over his death. As she cried, she bent down and looked into the tomb. She saw two angels seated where Jesus’ body had been. They asked Mary why she was crying. She told them, “They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have taken him.”
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus, but she did not recognize Jesus. She saw Jesus standing there, but for some reason she couldn’t identify him. Was it the lighting? Was it her tears blinding her eyes? Or, had Jesus changed his appearance through the resurrection? Well, Jesus says to her, “Mary.” The moment she heard that voice and its tone, she knew this man was Jesus.
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus. She held onto him, or should I say, she tried. Jesus told her not to hold onto him. Also, Jesus told her to go and tell the disciples that he is returning to his Father and his God. She skidaddles off to the disciples and announces, “I have seen the Lord.” She then tells them what else he said. There were no fancy arguments for his resurrection. There was no fancy theology treatise. She simply said what she experienced, “I have seen the Lord.” She told them what she had witnessed. “I have seen the Lord.” She would have never guessed this. Mary, she who saw Jesus die, now saw him alive. How could she contain the excitement?
Mary Magdalene must have loved Jesus.