Merry Thursday by Parris Bailey-
“Can Women be allowed to Preach?”
“But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 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. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
I absolutely love this passage! Of all the people to be at the right place at the right time it’s Mary! But when you think about her, she always was right there beside Jesus. After all, her life from, what we gather, wasn’t very happy before she met the Lord. (Like the most of us) Mark’s gospel says “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” I can only imagine what Mary was feeling seeing her Jesus dead on the cross. Where would she go, would the ghosts of her past come back to take her? The silent whisperings beckoning her to be angry, to have fear force her to walk to the tomb that morning, she needed to anoint Jesus and maybe this would bring some closure. But thanks be unto God who always leads us in triumph! No this fairy tale dream would be real, this romance of the bride and the broom would end in happiness. At first, to Mary, the very worst happened, they had taken away her Lord. Assuming it was the gardner she was talking to, her voice begin to crack along with her life, even the whisperings grew stronger. It’s funny how all can change in one moment, one microsecond. The gardner, who was Jesus, spoke her name and she became whole…..AGAIN! The gardner who tills over your life is speaking your name this RESURRECTION week. Let’s listen to what He is saying. Why, he told Mary of whom devils were cast out to ‘GO TELL”. Yes, Mary your shame is gone, the past and it’s whispers are over, run now in fact, don’t stop running, TELL THE WORLD ABOUT THIS LOVER OF YOUR SOUL, WHO DEFEATED DEATH AND THE GRAVE AND GIVES LIFE! Preach it, tell it, write it, blog it, face-book it, text it, shout it-from twitter to emailing-we have all the tools, all the means to share this freedom Christ gives to us. Whew-what a story!