Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.—John 20:1
Maybe you are one of those people who was always the last picked for the team, the one who was always overlooked. I have good news for you: God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people. And God loves flawed, ordinary people.
They didn't come any more flawed or ordinary than Peter, Mary Magdalene, or John. Peter denied the Lord three times. Mary Magdalene was once possessed by seven demons. John, one of the Sons of Thunder, had his flaws too. But God used these three people as the first missionaries to go into the world and tell everyone that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead.
God also blesses those who seek Him with all of their heart. Mary put it all on the line for Jesus. The Bible tells us that while the others stood at a distance during the crucifixion of Jesus, Mary stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus could visibly see Mary, this woman whom He had cast seven demons out of. She was the last at the cross. And she was the first at the tomb.
There is a blessing for those who take time to seek the Lord. The Bible tells us, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7). We need to seek God with all our hearts. That is what Mary did, and how she was blessed. As she was seeking the Lord early in the morning, she found the risen Christ. And if you will make time for Him, you will find Him too.
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