Devotional Week 12, 2018 Wednesday
Week 12 Wednesday
March 21, 2018
“Jesus saith unto her, ‘Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?’ She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, ‘Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus saith unto her, “Mary’”
John 20: 15,, 16
“The Man Who Never Leaves Us” – Part 1
“The body is a house of many windows. There we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passerby to come and love us.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
How do I feel if someone I care about leaves me?
“Lonely” – Desolate. Dejected.
“We live in a society in which loneliness has become one of the most painful wounds. The growing competition and rivalry which pervade our lives have created in us an acute awareness of our isolation.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen
The Wounded Healer
“I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.”
Hebrews 13: 5
During the next few days we are going to study the life of one of my favorite Biblical women, Mary Magdalene. While popular culture has tried to turn her life into something she never was or intended to be, the Biblical account of Mary’s life and love for Jesus is one of the most touching stories in Scripture.
Mary Magdalene, we are told, suffered from, as the Bible says, “the possession of seven devils” (Luke 8:2). Exactly what this means we don’t exactly know. But what is easy to imagine is that something totally took over Mary Magdalene’s mind and body that she lost control of herself. In this day and age we might surmise that Mary Magdalene suffered from some form of mental illness. Or possibly an addiction had her in such a clutch she could do nothing to release the stranglehold. Whatever had Mary Magdalene under control, it was so powerful that despite attempts to be released, Mary was considered what one might call, “a lost cause.” That is until the day Mary Magdalene met Jesus. On that day, Mary’s life was forever transformed.
Gone were the demons that haunted her mind and tortured her body. She had been set free by the Man who loved her, Jesus! The Man who loved everyone – and came to earth to rescue anyone! Especially a lost cause like Mary! You see, girls like Mary Magdalene are Jesus’ specialty, for the worse our cause, and the more hopeless we feel…the more we need Jesus…and thankfully, the more He longs to help us.
I find it almost impossible to imagine how overjoyed Mary Magdalene was to be healed by Jesus. She could again enjoy family and friends. Life was happy again. But just when it seemed things couldn’t get any better, the bottom fell out of Mary’s world.
Just think for a minute how you would have felt if you were Mary Magdalene watching in horror as Jesus, your friend and healer, was dragged away, tried in a Roman court, and then nailed to a cross and hung between two thieves like a common criminal.
Horrified doesn’t even begin to describe how Mary Magdalene felt. I know if I have been in her place, I would have been a basket case. First, you deny something so terrible could even take place, but as you watch the blood run down your friend Jesus’ forehead and as a cruel soldier sticks a spear in your friend Jesus’ side, you begin to sob. Heaving sobs “No, oh no! This can’t happen” you scream! To no avail. The worst has happened.
Next comes a trip to the grave. You don’t want to go but you go anyway. At least you can be closer to your friend Jesus.
But horror of horrors! The tomb is empty and Jesus body is gone.
And it is at an empty tomb where we will be with Mary Magdalene all this week. We will stand-alone with Mary at the tomb of her friend.
For it is here, alone, where you and I will be reminded of some of those times in our own lives when we have felt alone and forgotten. With tears blinding our eyes we have wept over the grave of someone we loved or cried ourselves to sleep because the person who used to sleep next to us left and hasn’t come back or because down the hallway there’s an empty bedroom of our runaway child.
I invite you to come to Transformation Garden all week with me. We’re going to stand there alone with Mary Magdalene. And we’re going to confront our loneliness in the Garden. But I have good news for you. Mary Magdalene didn’t leave the garden the way she entered it. Jesus had a special message for Mary Magdalene in the garden and He’s got a message for you and me, too.
Trust me when I say that like Mary Magdalene, we won’t leave the Garden alone this week – Jesus has made certain of it!
So I invite you to come to the Garden. You may be alone today but hold on girls – you won’t be alone for long! For the Man who loves us - every one of us as if there was only one of us – will never leave us alone! Praise God!
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible type of poverty.”
“Lonely? No not lonely while Jesus standeth by; His presence always cheers me, I know that He is nigh. Friendless? No not friendless, for Jesus is my friend; I change, but He remaineth, the same unto the end. No, never alone, no never alone. He has promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”
Lonely, Never Lonely
Words by JCH & V.A. White
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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