Friday, November 22, 2013

Mary Magdalene

Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene from whom he had cast out seven demon. Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's business manager; and many others who were contributing their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples. ~ Luke 8:1-3

For who knows how long, seven demons tortured Mary Magdalene's soul and manipulated her body like a hand puppet. Jesus broke their spell over Mary and sent them to the pit. From that point on Mary Magdalene never left Jesus' side. The former demoniac and alleged prostitute was one of only a handful that followed Jesus all the way the foot of the cross. She had backbone. Those who realize they have been forgiven much usually do. They love much, too.

Jesus, twelve male disciples, and many women--some cured of debilitating diseases and some freed from destructive demons, banded together. There was Joanna, whose husband, Chuza, was a member of Herod's inner circle; his business manager, no less. Imagine her and hubby's pillow-talk. Joanna, Susanna, Mary Magdalene, and others unnamed, provided the financial resources to keep the whole lot of them on the road. Try to imagine the scenes as they walked the dusty streets of hamlets and villages. Wouldn't you have loved to see such a sight?

Over and over again they witnessed the power of the Son of God's Good News message. Each of them were living, breathing testimonies that Jesus came to save all of us--not just some us, and bring us together with purified passions and purposes. Even when the only thing--but the most important thing--we share in common is that we have been forgiven.  

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