Hope you all are doing well, back to routines, but with the new prospects, new hope, and new plans. Of course we all heard, read, and reflect on all gospels regarding the resurrection of Christ our saviour. There are many characters in the Bible, I do admire them a lot, but fewer of them really impacted and left the footprints in my life. Don’t worry friends I know you all are very busy; therefore, I will share with you only one character and that is the character of Mary Magdalene.
According to Luke 8:1-3, Mary Magdalene was one of several women who travelled with Jesus and his disciples and gave them material support. She was a very faithful follower of Jesus Christ not only in Christ’s life but even after His death. She was the first woman Jesus appeared after his resurrection. There are many things and facts about her life but for me her faithfulness with Christ leads her to see Christ. She was very faithful even when everyone was hopeless and they were living in a fearful and hopeless situation, she was still looking for Christ. Wow!!!!!!
Mary found a live Christ in her life; however, she did not recognise her until Jesus called her by name. Before that she was upset, overwhelmed by grief and on the top, she could not even find the dead body of her Christ. It seems too much to take, how many times we are in the same situation, or we could relate our world in this situation or someone we know well. One thing after another, things and troubles seems never ends in our life, tears just don’t stop and in this situation. We some time become very hopeless and don’t recognise the person who can really comfort us and love us. Mary was talking with Jesus but did not recognise until He called her by name.
Friends, here Jesus called Mary by her name but in Isaiah 43:1, tell us that we all have been called by our name too. It reads..
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
No matter what situation we are in, God is with us, He redeemed us and called us His own.
So, be encouraged and be happy.
Rev Kathreen Shahbaz