By Angela Wittman
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils...Luke 8:2 KJV
Yesterday I had a brief discussion on Facebook regarding sin and redemption found in Christ. The conversation got me to thinking about my past and what a wretch I was (and still am) without Christ.
Who on earth (or in Heaven) do we, the Lord's redeemed, have except our blessed Savior?
Before Christ we were miserable in our sins and too ignorant to know it. We looked for meaning in shallow activities and for love in temporary relationships.
Perhaps you were more moral than me, but I was quite the wretch who lived for the things of this world and placed my trust in people, which only broke my heart; and yet, I praise God for every heartbreak because in the end they brought me to my knees with acknowledgement that life wasn't worth living without Him.
I really can't express my love for Christ - it runs too deep and it's fed and protected by Him. He gave it to me and friends, He keeps it flowing.
I have no doubt that if I live long enough to see widespread Christian persecution in America, I'll be laying my life down for Him because He will make me able to do it.
He's my song and my strength. I love Him more than anyone or anything on this earth. So, I think after much soul searching and remembering life before Christ, I can relate to the joy and love the dear Mary Magdalene must have felt for our Savior.
Friends, do you know this type of Christian love? If not, then please know you are never too dirty to have your robes washed in the blood of the lamb who came to earth and died on that wretched cross to save sinners.
May many more come to know You, dear Lord, just as Mary Magdalene and I do. In Lord Jesus Name I pray, amen.
Mark 16: 1-9 (KJV)
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
9 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.
* Please click here for more Scripture regarding Mary Magdalene.