The Risen Christ, not yet Resurrected, not yet in His Glorified Body, appeared first to Mary Magdalene.
A women, that He had cast out seven devils.
How is it possible that she was the one and only who saw Jesus, alive, yet before ascending to the Father and being Glorified?
“saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.”
“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.”
We have seen her many times (12), in the Gospels.
She was special, the others with her, had left, she stayed in tears.
Like John, the Disciple that rested on Jesus’s breast, and was the only Disciple to die a natural death.
Mary Magdalene, was Special for her love.
Please do not misunderstand, all the Disciples loved the Lord, and the Lord loved them all.
Somehow, both John and Mary, had found the Holy of Holies, the special place, the secret place, under the shadow of His wings.
They found the place of rest, that remains for all who love Him.
Oh Lord, help me to find and enter into the Secret Place, the place where I will see, (Psalms 91), “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
The Secret Place, Lord, I long to live there. Amen
Mark 16:9-11 (KJV)
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.
And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
John 20:11-18 (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.
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.
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.