Luke 8:2-3 “And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching, and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And a certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom seven devils. And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s Steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”
To understand this dynamic woman, Mary Magdalene, I will note what each Gospel has to say about this women of faith.
Luke makes reference of Mary Magdalene a sinner now delivered of seven demons, evil spirits, and infirmities. Before salvation she was in bondage-a slave to the devil. Influenced by rulers of darkness, wickedness in high places, and powers of this world, she was under lordship of the puppeteer Satan, and capable of all manner of sin. Conversely, it clearly says in this same verse she had been healed and out went seven devils. Now we see her in her potential–delivered and serving the Lord.
The writer Luke delineates that Jesus is going about teaching, preaching, and showing the good tidings and there is an entourage of women who are traveling alongside the apostolic company ministering of their substance (property, belongings, heart, and soul ). Matthew 47:55 says that many women followed Jesus from Galilee, and ministered to Him from afar. These women of faith, beautifully and practically honored the Lord pragmatically as they ministered to Him. The word minister in this text means, diakonea (deacon). These women took care of the needs of the apostolic band.
Three points to note:
- God can deliver you in your worse state
- You cannot follow until you have been healed and delivered
- Once delivered the Lord will fill you with substance to minister to all
The Gospels also reveals that Mary, Joanna, Mary, mother of Jesus went to the place where they laid Jesus after He was crucified. Women have a key role to play in ministering and in serving. Luke emphasizes the place of these devout women in the ministry of Jesus; Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod personal steward, and Susanna and Mary. Here Luke calls special attention to their financial support. These women were on the pages of high society, now saved and working in ministry.
The writer John tells us that Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her sister Mary, wife of Cleophas stood at the cross of Jesus. We can also note that Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and other women went to the sepulcher where they laid Him. When Mary Magdalene did not find Jesus, she ran to tell the disciples Peter and John that someone had taken His body from the tomb. Verse 20:16 illustrates how she wept. Jesus then appeared to her and asked why was she weeping. Mary thought He was maybe the gardener and she asked if he had taken Jesus, and to tell where He was. Seeing that she was not aware of who He was, He emphatically, called her by her name, Mary (Miriam in Arabic) and she knew it was Jesus. She replied Rabboni , which is to say, Master. Notice, she doesn’t say healer, but Master, also meaning teacher.
Mary was his disciple. Disciple simply means student. The Word of God tells us that the Lord’s sheep know his voice. Several women were named Miriam (Mary). It wasn’t the name that he spoke to or called, it was relationship–it was purpose. I love the way Mark puts it, he writes in Mark 16:9 that Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first after He had risen from death. The word appeared in this text means phiano (to shine forth).
It is interesting that he appeared to May Magdalene first. She is mention 14-times in the Bible, 8-times more than the other woman, and she is always mentioned first. It is so obvious that she closely followed Jesus in ministry. A woman who was once broken now delivered and sold-out to the call of ministry. She was in relationship (not as some ridicules scholars has said), but a spiritual relationship. My summation – She had relationship with the Lord, she met him early, she followed as a good steward, and ministered unto the Master. This woman loved the Lord. She was not what we would call some saints today (a Sunday saint). No, she came and worshiped the King. If there was a bible study, she would be there. She would be at the prayer meeting, and even shut-in. She rose early to meet the Lord; she gave all that was within her, and the Master shined upon her and favored her.
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