The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. (John 20:1 KJV)
“But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 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.” (John 20:11-16 KJV)
The heart of gratitude is obviously central in the ministry of Mary Magdalene. Remember the ministry of alabaster fragrance anointing that Mary lavishly poured unto our Lord Jesus Christ at the banquet in the house of Simon the Leper. Jesus said concerning the great deed, “She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” Mark 14:8-9 NLT)
We know generally that the dead body in the tomb can no longer be sensitive to the efforts of the caring activities of the people. Yet Mary came to the sepulcher of Jesus Christ with fragrance in her hands to see the condition of the tomb and to minister to it. When I consider the consistency of Mary in seeking Jesus Christ after He was buried in the grave, I always ask, “Where were the juggernauts—the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ?” With all the privileges of associating with Him and the enriching spiritual information about Christ’s resurrection they have heard—I will destroy the temple and rebuild it the third day—why were they not at the tomb the third day, at least to see what would happen?
We need to connect an important dot in the ministry of Mary. Remember that the glory of God departed from man at the Garden of Eden when Mrs. Adam, a woman, yielded herself to the deceit of Satan and caused humanity to break the law of God. As a result, sin permeated into the life of mankind then and the relationship between God and man was severed. Angel at the gate of the Garden of Eden was waiting with a flaming sword in his hand that turned every way to prevent and ensure that sinful mankind do not have access to the tree of life in the Garden. “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24)
But at the sepulcher of Jesus Christ on the resurrection day, the angel of God was waiting to speak with Mary Magdalene the redeemed child of God. Heavens understood the language of her tears, and through her, the angels pointed man to the Savior, the author of eternity. They broke the news of our Lord Jesus Christ resurrection to Mary Magdalene, the consistent seekers of the Lord. “He is not here, He is risen,” they said. The Angel was waiting to point her and the rest Apostles to where they can meet Jesus Christ at Galilee.
At resurrection, the glory of God returned to man through Mary Magdalene, a woman, by gender, the one who once upon a time was possessed of seven demons, who through the grace of God encountered Jesus Christ during His ministry and salvation and deliverance was extended to her. In the process of exhibiting her gratitude towards our Lord Jesus Christ, she was privileged to be the first person to see Jesus Christ in His glory after His resurrection. There is a reward for diligent seekers of God. The Lord God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrew 11:6)
If gratitude and tender loving kindness are mingled with your love for God and your fellowship with brethren in the process of your diligence seeking of the Lord, you will encounter unparalleled divine revelation of God. Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Our merciful God desires to be sought diligently. If you choose to be a passionate seeker of God today like Mary Magdalene, you will surely find Him in Jesus name and at the same time, supernatural privileges will be extended to you.
Prayer: O Lord, grant me the desire to be a passionate seeker of your glory and also endow me the grace to experience the joy of a diligent seeker you, in Jesus name, Amen.