Monday, October 22, 2012

Gratitude - a guest post by Ann Wilson

Scripture:  "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."  Mark 16:9

Have you ever noticed that those who have been forgiven from so much are the ones who walk closest to the Lord?  Those who have murdered, been involved in drugs, prostitution, etc.  Such was the case with Mary Magdalene.  Mary loved the Lord with all her heart.  She had been possessed with seven devils. Jesus had forgiven her and set her free.  To get an idea of what Mary had been through we need to read again in our Bibles the story of the Gadarene Demoniac in Mark 5.  This scripture is very graphic as it describes how the man lived in tombs, cut himself, cried out in the night.  No chains could hold him because he was possessed with strong demons.  They had actually driven him insane.

We don't hear any more about the Gadarene Demoniac after Jesus healed him.  But we do hear about Mary Magdalene.  Jesus had delivered her from seven devils and she could not do enough for Him or be close enough to Him. She loved Him, worshiped Him and thanked Him with Her every breath.

When all the disciples had forsaken Jesus at the cross, Mary was still there.  She was among the women who went to the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus' body.  She was the first one to see the risen Christ.  Jesus appeared to her first, even before His own mother.

What was so unique about Mary Magdalene?  She just never forgot what Jesus had done for her.  May we as Christians never ever forget what He has done for us.

Ann Wilson has served in full-time Christian ministry for decades through her calling to be a church secretary. She writes devotionals that are published in church newsletters in South Carolina and is a recognized leader in missions education in her region.

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